Potassium

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Potassium Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 20,414,037
Top drug rank #38 ( 1)
Average total drug cost $49.28 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $12.87 (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 15  1
2009 19  4
2010 17  2
2011 22  5
2012 20  2
2013 21  1
Year Rank Change
2014 24  3
2015 27  3
2016 33  6
2017 37  4
2018 38  1

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)
Potassium (this drug) 20,414,038
Sodium 2,269,423
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 With Electrolytes 1,279,926
Sodium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate 861,768

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
  • Potassium Chloride 10meq
  • Potassium Chloride 20meq
  • Potassium Chloride 40meq
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: Discn
First dosage form: Capsule, Extended Release (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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