Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Nitrofurantoin Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 3,364,026
Top drug rank #179 ( 6)
Average total drug cost $57.09 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $9.99 (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 195  16
2009 210  15
2010 199  11
2011 209  10
2012 206  3
2013 209  3
Year Rank Change
2014 220  11
2015 180  40
2016 186  6
2017 185  1
2018 179  6

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)
Nitrofurantoin (this drug) 3,364,027

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
  • Furadantin
  • Furalan
  • Ivadantin
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Nitrofurantoin Sodium
  • Nitrofurantoin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nitrofuran Antibacterial
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Capsule (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.

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