Methylphenidate

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Methylphenidate Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 17,467,265
Top drug rank #45 ( 2)
Average total drug cost $240.05 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $17.65 (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 63  5
2009 57  6
2010 55  2
2011 59  4
2012 58  1
2013 64  6
Year Rank Change
2014 55  9
2015 58  3
2016 47  11
2017 47 0
2018 45  2

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)
Dextroamphetamine; Dextroamphetamine Saccharate; Amphetamine; Amphetamine Aspartate 25,331,776
Methylphenidate (this drug) 17,467,266
Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate 10,011,146
Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride 3,961,349
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate 1,888,102

Multum Therapeutic Classes

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
  • Cotempla XR-odt
  • Daytrana
  • Adhansia XR
  • Aptensio XR
  • Concerta
  • Jornay PM
  • Metadate CD
  • Metadate ER
  • Methylin
  • Methylin ER
  • Quillichew ER
  • Quillivant XR
  • Ritalin
  • Ritalin LA
  • Ritalin-SR
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Methylphenidate Hydrochloride
  • Methylphenidate

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Central Nervous System Stimulant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
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.

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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