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 170 -
2005 135  35
2006 140  5
2007 145  5
2008 179  34
2009 178  1
Year Rank Change
2010 180  2
2011 168  12
2012 154  14
2013 118  36
2014 135  17

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)
Sumatriptan (this drug) 5,309,154
Rizatriptan Benzoate 1,385,288

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
  • Imitrex
  • Alsuma
  • Imitrex Statdose
  • Onzetra Xsail
  • Sumavel Dosepro
  • Zecuity
  • Zembrace Symtouch
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Sumatriptan Succinate
  • Sumatriptan

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Serotonin-1b and Serotonin-1d Receptor Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 12/28/1992
First FDA applicant: Glaxosmithkline
First dosage form: Injectable (subcutaneous)

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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