Methylphenidate

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 57 -
2005 56  1
2006 56 0
2007 67  11
2008 63  4
2009 57  6
Year Rank Change
2010 55  2
2011 59  4
2012 58  1
2013 64  6
2014 55  9

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)
Amphetamine 15,905,052
Methylphenidate (this drug) 15,505,256
Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate 8,394,655
Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride 3,194,850

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
  • Daytrana
  • Aptensio XR
  • Concerta
  • Metadate CD
  • Metadate ER
  • Methylin
  • Methylin ER
  • Quillichew ER
  • Quillivant XR
  • Ritalin
  • Ritalin LA
  • Ritalin-SR
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Methylphenidate Hydrochloride
  • Methylphenidate

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Central Nervous System Stimulant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Ucb Inc
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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