Diclofenac

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 126  4
2007 109  17
2008 111  2
2009 120  9
2010 107  13
2011 106  1
Year Rank Change
2012 80  26
2013 73  7
2014 85  12
2015 84  1
2016 78  6

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)
Meloxicam 21,290,693
Naproxen 11,470,076
Diclofenac (this drug) 9,907,530
Celecoxib 6,269,151
Ketorolac Tromethamine 1,271,945
Etodolac 1,180,388
Nabumetone 1,093,877
Indomethacin 1,085,794
Nepafenac 485,001
Bromfenac Sodium 445,849
Sulindac 296,366
Piroxicam 202,607
Ketoprofen 137,981
Diclofenac Sodium; Misoprostol 106,498
Oxaprozin 87,186
Mefenamic Acid 45,424
Diflunisal 44,184
Flurbiprofen 22,931
Fenoprofen Calcium 17,328

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
  • Zorvolex
  • Dyloject
  • Pennsaid
  • Solaraze
  • Voltaren
  • Voltaren-XR
  • Cambia
  • Cataflam
  • Zipsor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Diclofenac Potassium
  • Diclofenac Sodium
  • Diclofenac

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
Initial FDA approval date: 7/28/1988
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Tablet, Delayed Release (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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