Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide; Promethazine Hydrochloride

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 621  30
2007 595  26
2008 608  13
2009 449  159
2010 666  217
Year Rank Change
2011 687  21
2013 360 -
2014 357  3
2015 349  8
2016 336  13

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)
Promethazine Hydrochloride 3,928,732
Prochlorperazine 1,402,175
Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide; Promethazine Hydrochloride (this drug) 963,531
Codeine Phosphate; Promethazine Hydrochloride 797,647

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
  • Pherazine DM
  • Prometh W/ Dextromethorphan
  • Promethazine DM
  • Promethazine Hydrochloride And Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide
  • Promethazine W/ Dextromethorphan
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Promethazine Hydrochloride; Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide
  • Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide; Promethazine Hydrochloride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Uncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor Antagonist, Sigma-1 Agonist, Phenothiazine
Initial FDA approval date: 4/2/1984
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Syrup (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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