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 219 -
2005 218  1
2006 197  21
2007 192  5
2008 210  18
2009 211  1
Year Rank Change
2010 204  7
2011 193  11
2012 161  32
2013 150  11
2014 126  24

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)
Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride 20,610,429
Methocarbamol (this drug) 5,908,996
Carisoprodol 4,459,908
Orphenadrine 991,046

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
  • Delaxin
  • Forbaxin
  • Robaxin
  • Robaxin-750
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Methocarbamol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Muscle Relaxant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Hikma International Pharmaceuticals Llc
First dosage form: Tablet (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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