Diclofenac

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 119 -
2005 130  11
2006 126  4
2007 109  17
2008 111  2
2009 119  8
Year Rank Change
2010 107  12
2011 106  1
2012 80  26
2013 73  7
2014 85  12

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)
Meloxicam 21,630,829
Naproxen 14,371,093
Diclofenac (this drug) 9,162,791
Celecoxib 7,283,823
Nabumetone 2,707,027
Indomethacin 2,039,366
Ketorolac Tromethamine 1,819,055
Aspirin; Dipyridamole 1,591,737
Etodolac 1,480,777
Hydrocodone Bitartrate; Ibuprofen 1,005,277
Sulindac 794,679
Nepafenac 736,764
Bromfenac Sodium 655,782
Oxaprozin 513,785
Piroxicam 388,981
Diclofenac Sodium; Misoprostol 253,817
Flurbiprofen 148,110
Ketoprofen 75,471

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
  • Zorvolex
  • Dyloject
  • Pennsaid
  • Solaraze
  • Voltaren
  • Voltaren-XR
  • Cambia
  • Cataflam
  • Zipsor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Diclofenac Potassium
  • Diclofenac Sodium
  • Diclofenac

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
Initial FDA approval date: 7/28/1988
First FDA applicant: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp
First dosage form: Tablet, Delayed Release (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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