Dexamethasone

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2006 - 2016

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2006 - 2016)

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
2006 253  24
2007 362  109
2008 299  63
2009 354  55
2010 349  5
2011 421  72
Year Rank Change
2012 301  120
2013 319  18
2014 309  10
2015 282  27
2016 259  23

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2006 - 2016)

"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 (2016)
Fluticasone 29,899,932
Fluticasone Propionate; Salmeterol Xinafoate 12,314,689
Budesonide; Formoterol 10,195,375
Triamcinolone 6,077,302
Prednisolone 4,942,862
Hydrocortisone 4,634,998
Methylprednisolone 4,382,400
Mometasone 3,780,867
Beclomethasone 3,519,550
Clobetasol Propionate 3,335,235
Budesonide 2,634,694
Dexamethasone (this drug) 1,753,091
Neomycin; Polymyxin B; Hydrocortisone 1,375,128
Fluocinonide 955,899
Betamethasone Dipropionate; Clotrimazole 857,844
Loteprednol Etabonate 850,245
Betamethasone 802,243
Dexamethasone; Neomycin Sulfate; Polymyxin B Sulfate 721,879
Fluorometholone 714,788
Dexamethasone; Tobramycin 632,998
Desonide 629,353
Fluocinolone Acetonide 392,043

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
  • Dexycu Kit
  • 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) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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