Dexamethasone

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Dexamethasone Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #260 ( 12)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 1,263,065
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 831,486
 
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $15.59
Per day of therapy $2.74/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $9.82
Per day of therapy $1.67/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 323  23
2014 315  8
2015 286  29
2016 262  24
Year Rank Change
2017 331  69
2018 286  45
2019 359  73
2020 272  87
2021 260  12

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 4 mg 63.7%
Tablet/capsule 6 mg 16.1%
Tablet/capsule 1 mg 8.1%
Tablet/capsule 2 mg 5.6%
Other, unspecified, or misc. 6.5%

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)
Fluticasone 25,283,015
Prednisone 19,898,458
Fluticasone; Salmeterol 10,678,060
Budesonide; Formoterol 9,505,099
Triamcinolone 6,413,003
Fluticasone; Vilanterol 5,918,773
Prednisolone 3,816,336
Clobetasol 3,428,139
Methylprednisolone 3,254,222
Fluticasone; Umeclidinium; Vilanterol 2,927,506
Budesonide 2,617,797
Hydrocortisone 2,459,728
Formoterol; Mometasone 1,992,684
Fluocinonide 1,402,662
Betamethasone 1,389,641
Dexamethasone (this drug) 1,263,066
Mometasone 1,163,500
Beclomethasone 1,102,079
Betamethasone; Clotrimazole 958,479
Neomycin; Polymyxin B; Hydrocortisone 449,389
Azelastine; Fluticasone 274,995
Flunisolide 7,344

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
  • Aeroseb-dex
  • Decaderm
  • Decadron
  • Decaspray
  • Dexamethasone Intensol
  • Dexone 0.5
  • Dexone 0.75
  • Dexone 1.5
  • Dexone 4
  • Dextenza
  • Dexycu Kit
  • Hemady
  • Hexadrol
  • Maxidex
  • Ozurdex
  • Decadron-LA
  • Dexacen-4
  • Dexacort
  • Dexair
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Preservative Free
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Dexamethasone Acetate
  • Dexamethasone Phosphate
  • Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate
  • Dexamethasone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Corticosteroid
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

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.

All ClinCalc DrugStats figures and graphs on this page are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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