Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 3,961,348
Top drug rank #156 ( 33)
Average total drug cost $204.23 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $13.99 (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 217  15
2009 223  6
2010 262  39
2011 225  37
2012 179  46
2013 173  6
Year Rank Change
2014 196  23
2015 239  43
2016 209  30
2017 189  20
2018 156  33

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)
Dextroamphetamine; Dextroamphetamine Saccharate; Amphetamine; Amphetamine Aspartate 25,331,776
Methylphenidate 17,467,266
Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate 10,011,146
Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride (this drug) 3,961,349
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate 1,888,102

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
  • Focalin
  • Focalin XR
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Central Nervous System Stimulant
Initial FDA approval date: 11/13/2001
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (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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