Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Bisacodyl Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #315 ( 63)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 312,491
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 243,421
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $4.55
Per day of therapy $2.80/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $1.11
Per day of therapy $1.22/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2021)

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
2013 357  46
2014 343  14
2015 377  34
2016 394  17
Year Rank Change
2017 359  35
2018 330  29
2019 337  7
2020 378  41
2021 315  63

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2021)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • Total cost: The average total cost of the medication including the out-of-pocket cost (see below) plus the amount paid by other parties (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Veterans Administration, TRICARE, other state/federal sources, Worker's compensation, and other miscellaneous sources)
  • Out-of-pocket cost: The average payment made by the patient which may include deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or the cash price paid without insurance coverage.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2021)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 5 mg 78.4%
Suppository 10 mg 21.6%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2021)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2021)
Bisacodyl (this drug) 312,492
Anhydrous Citric Acid; Magnesium Oxide; Sodium Picosulfate 130,957

Therapeutic Classes

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
  • Alophen
  • Avedana Gentle Laxative
  • Best Choice Bisacodyl Laxative
  • Bet-r-prep Bisacodyl
  • Bisac-10 Bisacodyl Stimulant Laxative
  • Bisacody
  • Bisacodyl Laxative
  • C-lax Laxative
  • Carters Little Pills
  • Conlax
  • Cvs Gentle Laxative
  • Delayed Release Laxative Bisacodyl
  • Discount Drugmart Gentle Laxative
  • Dollar General Gentle Laxative
  • Dulcolax
  • Dulcolax Laxative
  • Dulcolax Pink
  • Dulcolax Pink Stimulant Laxative
  • Dulcolax Simulant Laxative
  • Dulcolax Stimulant Laxative
  • Enteric Coated Stimulant Laxative
  • Extra Gentle Laxative
  • Ez2go
  • Fleet
  • Gentle Laxative
  • Gentle Laxative For Women
  • Gentle Overnight Laxative
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy Gentle Laxative
  • Healthmart Gentle Laxative
  • Heb Gentle Laxative
  • Laxative
  • Laxative For Women
  • Laxative Tabelts
  • Leader Gentle Laxative
  • Leader Womens Laxative
  • Medique Medi-lax Enteric Coated
  • Meijer Gentle Laxative
  • Publix
  • Publix Women
  • Rugby Gentle Laxative
  • Simpex Bisacodyl Laxative
  • Stimulant Laxative
  • Stimulant Laxative Enteric Coated
  • Stratuscare Bisacodyl
  • The Magic Bullet
  • Unit Dose Bisacodyl
  • UP And UP Gentle Laxative
  • Walgreens Gentle Laxative
  • Womans Laxative
  • Womens Gentle Laxative
  • Womens Laxative
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Bisacodyl

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Stimulant Laxative
Initial FDA approval date: 7/16/2010
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: For Solution, Tablet, Delayed Release (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2024.01. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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