Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Diazepam Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 6,448,085
Top drug rank #115 ( 20)
Average total drug cost $20.09 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $3.32 (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 96  5
2009 117  21
2010 108  9
2011 88  20
2012 86  2
2013 90  4
Year Rank Change
2014 86  4
2015 91  5
2016 112  21
2017 135  23
2018 115  20

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)
Alprazolam 20,843,480
Clonazepam 17,064,643
Lorazepam 13,222,989
Diazepam (this drug) 6,448,085
Temazepam 3,173,562

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
  • Diastat
  • Diastat Acudial
  • Diazepam Intensol
  • Dizac
  • Q-pam
  • Valium
  • Valrelease
  • Valtoco
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Diazepam

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Benzodiazepine
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
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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