Magnesium Salts

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Magnesium Salts Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #211 ( 9)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 2,102,185
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 544,993
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $9.41
Per day of therapy $0.27/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $7.02
Per day of therapy $0.17/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2021)

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
2013 145 -
2014 188  43
2015 179  9
2016 171  8
Year Rank Change
2017 162  9
2018 242  80
2019 215  27
2020 202  13
2021 211  9

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2021)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • 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.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2021)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 400 mg 73.0%
Tablet/capsule 500 mg 14.3%
Tablet/capsule 420 mg 8.0%
Other, unspecified, or misc. 4.7%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2021)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

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
  • Bem Bio Antiperspirant Floral
  • Bem Bio Antiperspirant Forest Trails
  • Bem Bio Antiperspirant Original
  • Bem Bio Antiperspirant Sea Breeze
  • Bem Bio Antiperspirant Unscented
  • Isolyte S IN Plastic Container
  • Multiple Electrolytes Injection Type 1 Usp PH 5.5
  • Multiple Electrolytes Injection Type 1 Usp PH 7.4
  • Normosol-r IN Plastic Container
  • Physiolyte IN Plastic Container
  • Physiosol IN Plastic Container
  • Physiosol PH 7.4 IN Plastic Container
  • Plasma-lyte 148 IN Water IN Plastic Container
  • Plasma-lyte A IN Plastic Container
  • Synovalyte IN Plastic Container
  • Normocarb HF 25
  • Normocarb HF 35
  • Aramark Back Relief
  • Backache Relief
  • Doans
  • Percogesic
  • Epsom Salt
  • Epsom Salt Magnesium Sulfate
  • Humco Dewees Carminative
  • Magnesia Carbonica
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Dextrose 5% IN Plastic Container
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Plastic Container
  • Cvs
  • Daily Care Epsom Salt
  • Epsom Salts
  • Humco Epson Salt
  • Itchy Skin Eruptions
  • Magnesia Sulphurica
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN 5% Dextrose
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Dextrose
  • Magnesium Sulfate IN Water
  • Nuvalu Epsom Salt
  • Phuel
  • Recovery Balm - Cool Heat
  • Recovery Balm - Original
  • Recovery Balm - Ultra
  • Relief Epsom Salt
  • Theraworx Relief
  • Theraworx Relief Muscle Cramp And Spasm Relief
  • WG 110 Walgreens Foamer
  • Inon
  • Hyperlyte
  • Basic Care Milk OF Magnesia
  • Careone Milk OF Magnesia
  • Childrens Oral Saline Laxative
  • Cvs Health Childrens
  • DG Health Milk OF Magnesia
  • Dulcolax
  • Dulcolax Soft Chews Mixed Berry
  • Equaline Milk OF Magnesia
  • Gentle Laxative
  • Good Sense Milk OF Magnesia
  • Humco Milk OF Magnesia
  • Leader Milk OF Magnesia
  • Milk OF Magnesia
  • Milk OF Magnesia Cherry
  • Milk OF Magnesia Mint
  • Milk OF Magnesia Original
  • Original
  • Pedia-lax
  • Phillips Milk OF Magnesia Concentrated
  • Premier Value Milk OF Magnesia
  • Sound Body Milk OF Magnesia
  • Sunmark Milk OF Magnesia
  • Sunmark Milk OF Magnesia Mint
  • Sunmark Milk OF Magnesia Original
  • Topcare Milk OF Magnesia
  • Walgreens Childrens
  • Bet-r-prep Magnesium Citrate Oral
  • Citroma
  • Ez2go
  • Max Lax
  • Saline Laxative
  • Antacid
  • Suprep Bowel Prep Kit
  • Plasma-lyte 56 IN Plastic Container
  • Suprep Bowel Prep
  • Aqua DE Folli Hair Booster
  • Aqua DE Folli Hair Booster Pro
  • Aqua DE Folli Hair Booster Mini
  • Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Sulfate And Magnesium Sulfate
  • Epsal
  • Lucky Epsom Salt
  • Royal Epsom Salt
  • Phoxillum
  • Virus Blocker CL-40
  • Constipation Billousness
  • Diarrhea Dyspepsia
  • Menstrual Muscle Cramps
  • Normosol-r
  • Physiosol
  • Chloromag
  • Magnesia Muriatica
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Magnesium Acetate
  • Magnesium Aspartate
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide; Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Cation
  • Magnesium Chlorate
  • Magnesium Chloride
  • Magnesium Chloride; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Acetate Anhydrous; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Gluconate
  • Magnesium Chloride; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Acetate; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Gluconate
  • Magnesium Chloride; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Bicarbonate; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Phosphate Dibasic Dihydrate
  • Magnesium Chloride; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Bicarbonate; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Dihydrate
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Magnesium Citrate; Potassium Citrate
  • Magnesium Gluconate
  • Magnesium Glycinate
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Lactate
  • Magnesium Nitrate
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Magnesium Salicylate
  • Magnesium Salts Other
  • Magnesium Silicate
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate
  • Magnesium Sulfate Other
  • Magnesium Sulfate, Unspecified
  • Magnesium Sulfate, Unspecified Form
  • Magnesium Sulfate; Potassium Chloride; Potassium Phosphate; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Phosphate
  • Magnesium Trisilicate
  • Magnesium With Mixed Electrolytes
  • Magnesium, Chelated
  • Magnesium;;;; Dibasic
  • Potassium Acetate; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Acetate; Magnesium Chloride; Calcium Chloride
  • Magnesium Salts

FDA Approval Information

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

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2024.01. 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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