Famotidine

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Famotidine Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 6,470,718
Top drug rank #114 ( 1)
Average total drug cost $49.5 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $5.78 (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 136  10
2009 128  8
2010 124  4
2011 125  1
2012 133  8
2013 149  16
Year Rank Change
2014 123  26
2015 127  4
2016 125  2
2017 115  10
2018 114  1

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)
Ranitidine 18,739,687
Famotidine (this drug) 6,470,718

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
  • Famotidine Preservative Free
  • Famotidine Preservative Free (Pharmacy Bulk)
  • Famotidine Preservative Free IN Plastic Container
  • Fluxid
  • Pepcid
  • Pepcid AC
  • Pepcid Preservative Free
  • Pepcid Preservative Free IN Plastic Container
  • Pepcid Rpd
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Famotidine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Histamine-2 Receptor Antagonist
Initial FDA approval date: 10/15/1986
First FDA applicant: Discn
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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