Potassium

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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
2007 14 0
2008 15  1
2009 19  4
2010 17  2
2011 22  5
2012 20  2
Year Rank Change
2013 21  1
2014 24  3
2015 27  3
2016 33  6
2017 37  4

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"Out-of-pocket" cost refers to the payment made by the patient (either cash price or the copay amount). This value does not include reimbursement from a third party payer (eg, Medicare or private insurance) and does not represent the total drug cost.

Usage Statistics of Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2017)
Potassium (this drug) 19,821,826
Sodium 2,268,243
Sodium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate 756,041
Sodium Picosulfate; Magnesium Oxide; Anhydrous Citric Acid 107,906
Polyethylene Glycol 3350;;;; 23,417

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
  • K+10
  • K+8
  • K-lease
  • K-tab
  • Kaon CL
  • Kaon CL-10
  • Klor-con
  • Klor-con M10
  • Klor-con M15
  • Klor-con M20
  • Klotrix
  • Micro-k
  • Micro-k 10
  • Micro-k LS
  • Potassium Chloride 10meq IN Plastic Container
  • Potassium Chloride 20meq IN Plastic Container
  • Potassium Chloride 30meq IN Plastic Container
  • Potassium Chloride 40meq IN Plastic Container
  • Potassium Chloride IN Plastic Container
  • Slow-k
  • Ten-k
  • Urocit-k
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Potassium Acetate
  • Potassium Bicarbonate
  • Potassium Carbonate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Potassium Nitrate
  • Potassium Sulfate
  • Potassium

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Potassium Salt, Calculi Dissolution Agent, Anti-coagulant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet, Extended Release (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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