Hydromorphone Hydrochloride

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2005 - 2015

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2005 - 2015)

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 333 -
2005 450  117
2006 310  140
2007 327  17
2008 338  11
2009 297  41
Year Rank Change
2010 344  47
2011 310  34
2012 274  36
2013 287  13
2014 263  24
2015 292  29

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2005 - 2015)

"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 (2015)
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate 51,279,738
Tramadol Hydrochloride 24,904,460
Oxycodone 16,887,857
Hydrocodone Bitartrate 9,719,421
Morphine 6,345,800
Fentanyl 2,700,332
Acetaminophen; Tramadol Hydrochloride 1,683,637
Hydromorphone Hydrochloride (this drug) 1,513,925
Loperamide Hydrochloride 1,034,943
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 319,193

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
  • Dilaudid
  • Dilaudid-HP
  • Exalgo
  • Palladone
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Hydromorphone Hydrochloride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 1/11/1984
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2005-2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 18.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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