Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Cetirizine Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 13,799,351
Top drug rank #55 ( 11)
Average total drug cost $15.98 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $4.36 (USD)

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2008 - 2018)

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
2008 104  78
2009 131  27
2010 118  13
2011 124  6
2012 99  25
2013 87  12
Year Rank Change
2014 69  18
2015 72  3
2016 75  3
2017 66  9
2018 55  11

Drug Cost Over Time (2008 - 2018)

  • 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.

Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2018)
Cetirizine (this drug) 13,799,352
Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride 2,348,312
Azelastine Hydrochloride 2,047,699
Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 1,805,035
Fexofenadine Hydrochloride 1,787,629
Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine 650,094
Desloratadine 514,462
Azelastine; Fluticasone 363,053
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 84,068
Carbinoxamine Maleate 5,454

Multum 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
  • 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) 2008-2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 21.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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