Cephalexin

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2004 - 2014

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2004 - 2014)

Rank of Top Drugs Over Time

"Rank" refers to the frequency that a given medication is prescribed within a calendar year compared to all other medications. A rank of "4" would indicate that the medication was the fourth most commonly prescribed medication.

Year Rank Change
2004 79 -
2005 80  1
2006 83  3
2007 92  9
2008 101  9
2009 91  10
Year Rank Change
2010 112  21
2011 105  7
2012 122  17
2013 94  28
2014 92  2

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2004 - 2014)

"Out-of-pocket" cost refers to the payment made by the patient (either cash price or the copay amount). This value does not include reimbursement from a third party payer (eg, Medicare or private insurance) and does not represent the total drug cost.

Usage Statistics of Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2014)
Cephalexin (this drug) 7,886,065
Cefdinir 2,339,505
Cefuroxime 685,073

Drug Synonyms

Drug synonyms are used during the sanitation and standardization process of "cleaning" the original data source (MEPS). Occassionally, brand names may be listed below that are no longer on the market or are very infrequently used.

Brand Name Synonyms
  • Keflet
  • Keflex
  • Panixine Disperdose
  • Keftab
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cephalexin Anhydrous
  • Cephalexin Hydrochloride
  • Cephalexin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Cephalosporin Antibacterial
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Pragma Pharmaceuticals Llc
First dosage form: Capsule (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2004-2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 17.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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