Lactulose

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 398  73
2007 305  93
2008 349  44
2009 319  30
2010 317  2
2011 397  80
Year Rank Change
2012 267  130
2013 296  29
2014 313  17
2015 295  18
2016 317  22

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)
Lactulose (this drug) 1,083,618
Polyethylene Glycol 3350;;;; 517,447
Sodium Picosulfate; Magnesium Oxide; Anhydrous Citric Acid 75,516

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
  • Acilac
  • Cephulac
  • Cholac
  • Chronulac
  • Constilac
  • Constulose
  • Duphalac
  • Enulose
  • Evalose
  • Generlac
  • Heptalac
  • Laxilose
  • Portalac
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Lactulose

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Osmotic Laxative
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Solution (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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