Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Levonorgestrel Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 334,828
Top drug rank #397 (no previous rank)
Average total drug cost $253.92 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $6 (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 595  68
2009 713  118
2010 708  5
2011 721  13
2012 667  54
Year Rank Change
2013 434  233
2014 416  18
2015 403  13
2016 223  180
2018 397 -

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)
Norethindrone 5,100,249
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 2,866,848
Levonorgestrel (this drug) 334,828
Drospirenone 72,826

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
  • Athentia Next
  • Fallback Solo
  • Her Style
  • Jadelle
  • Kyleena
  • Liletta
  • Mirena
  • Norplant
  • Norplant System IN Plastic Container
  • Opcicon One-step
  • Plan B
  • Plan B One-step
  • Skyla
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Levonorgestrel

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Progestin, Progestin-containing Intrauterine Device
Initial FDA approval date: 12/10/1990
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Implant (implantation)

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.

All ClinCalc DrugStats figures and graphs on this page are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).


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