Dextroamphetamine Sulfate

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,888,101
Top drug rank #254 (no previous rank)
Average total drug cost $156.88 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $8.31 (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 485  92
2009 468  17
2010 389  79
2011 328  61
Year Rank Change
2012 295  33
2015 269 -
2018 254 -

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 3,961,349
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate (this drug) 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
  • Dexampex
  • Dexedrine
  • Dextrostat
  • Ferndex
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Dextroamphetamine Sulfate

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Central Nervous System Stimulant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Capsule, Extended Release (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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