Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Guanfacine Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 5,429,776
Top drug rank #127 ( 4)
Average total drug cost $48.92 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $3.82 (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 424  52
2009 356  68
2010 270  86
2011 242  28
2012 203  39
2013 225  22
Year Rank Change
2014 228  3
2015 183  45
2016 156  27
2017 131  25
2018 127  4

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)
Clonidine 11,141,935
Tizanidine 8,901,700
Guanfacine (this drug) 5,429,776

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
  • Intuniv
  • Tenex
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Guanfacine Hydrochloride
  • Guanfacine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Central alpha-2 Adrenergic Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 10/27/1986
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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