Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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
2007 26  1
2008 104  78
2009 131  27
2010 118  13
2011 124  6
2012 99  25
Year Rank Change
2013 87  12
2014 69  18
2015 72  3
2016 74  2
2017 66  8

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"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 (2017)
Cetirizine (this drug) 11,818,750
Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride 3,528,964
Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 2,029,270
Fexofenadine Hydrochloride 1,983,168
Azelastine Hydrochloride 1,240,986
Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine 837,025
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 577,813
Desloratadine 352,932

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
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride Allergy
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride Hives
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride Hives Relief
  • Children's Cetirizine Hydrochloride Allergy
  • Children's Cetirizine Hydrochloride Hives Relief
  • Children's Zyrtec Allergy
  • Children's Zyrtec Hives Relief
  • Quzyttir
  • Zerviate
  • Zyrtec
  • Zyrtec Allergy
  • Zyrtec Hives Relief
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride
  • Cetirizine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Histamine-1 Receptor Antagonist
Initial FDA approval date: 9/27/1996
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Syrup (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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