Methylprednisolone

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 176 -
2005 173  3
2006 196  23
2007 195  1
2008 180  15
2009 172  8
Year Rank Change
2010 176  4
2011 190  14
2012 198  8
2013 175  23
2014 163  12
2015 128  35

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)
Fluticasone 26,484,229
Fluticasone Propionate; Salmeterol Xinafoate 17,082,574
Budesonide; Formoterol 8,320,958
Methylprednisolone (this drug) 5,718,028
Mometasone 5,409,888
Prednisolone 4,835,311
Hydrocortisone 4,725,931
Budesonide 4,265,796
Clobetasol Propionate 3,005,123
Beclomethasone 2,797,062
Betamethasone Dipropionate; Clotrimazole 1,731,381
Dexamethasone 1,617,075
Betamethasone 1,448,788
Fluocinonide 1,139,211
Loteprednol Etabonate 1,079,833
Desonide 1,041,757
Neomycin; Polymyxin B; Hydrocortisone 651,318
Fluorometholone 518,610
Fluocinolone Acetonide 488,985
Desoximetasone 471,680
Dexamethasone; Neomycin Sulfate; Polymyxin B Sulfate 466,524
Dexamethasone; Tobramycin 453,877
Hydrocortisone; Pramoxine 72,614
Hydrocortisone Valerate 4,594

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
  • Medrol
  • A-methapred
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Solu-medrol
  • Depo-medrol
  • M-predrol
  • Medrol Acetate
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Methylprednisolone Acetate
  • Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate
  • Methylprednisolone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Corticosteroid
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
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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