Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Magnesium Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 2,940,781
Top drug rank #199 ( 28)
Average total drug cost $6.88 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $5.7 (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 250  41
2009 241  9
2010 244  3
2011 218  26
2012 228  10
2013 145  83
Year Rank Change
2014 184  39
2015 179  5
2016 179 0
2017 171  8
2018 199  28

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.

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
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Dextrose 5% IN Plastic Container
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Plastic Container
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Magnesium Chloride
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate
  • Magnesium Sulfate, Unspecified
  • Magnesium Sulfate, Unspecified Form
  • Magnesium

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: 9/8/1986
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Solution (intramuscular, intravenous)

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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