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 25 -
2005 33  8
2006 41  8
2007 50  9
2008 50 0
2009 48  2
Year Rank Change
2010 50  2
2011 48  2
2012 56  8
2013 60  4
2014 57  3
2015 57 0

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)
Sertraline Hydrochloride 38,877,836
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride 28,311,454
Citalopram 28,069,031
Trazodone Hydrochloride 27,564,197
Escitalopram Oxalate 24,068,904
Paroxetine (this drug) 14,808,496

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
  • Paroxetine
  • Paxil
  • Paxil CR
  • Brisdelle
  • Pexeva
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Paroxetine Hydrochloride
  • Paroxetine Hydrochloride Anhydrous
  • Paroxetine Hydrochloride Hemihydrate
  • Paroxetine Mesylate
  • Paroxetine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 12/29/1992
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

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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