Nortriptyline Hydrochloride

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Nortriptyline Hydrochloride Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 4,346,899
Top drug rank #147 ( 36)
Average total drug cost $19.4 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $7.75 (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 162  66
2009 197  35
2010 275  78
2011 230  45
2012 215  15
2013 204  11
Year Rank Change
2014 179  25
2015 207  28
2016 192  15
2017 183  9
2018 147  36

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)
Nortriptyline Hydrochloride (this drug) 4,346,899
Doxepin Hydrochloride 1,519,877

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
  • Aventyl
  • Aventyl Hydrochloride
  • Pamelor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Nortriptyline Hydrochloride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Tricyclic Antidepressant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
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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