Senna; Docusate

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Senna; Docusate Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #275 ( 87)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 858,475
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 433,676
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $6.06
Per day of therapy $0.20/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $5.56
Per day of therapy $0.20/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2021)

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
2013 371 -
2014 414  43
2015 430  16
2016 315  115
Year Rank Change
2017 321  6
2018 373  52
2019 295  78
2020 362  67
2021 275  87

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2021)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • 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.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2021)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 50-8.6 mg/mg 50.0%
Tablet/capsule 8.6-50 mg 50.0%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2021)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

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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
  • Docusate Sodium With Sennosides
  • Docuzen
  • Natural Laxative
  • Natural Vegetable Laxative With Stool Softener
  • Senexon-s
  • Senna Plus
  • Senna S
  • Senna-doc
  • Senna-plus
  • Senna-s
  • Senna/Docusate Sodium
  • Sennosides And Docusate Sodium
  • Senokot-s
  • Stimulant Laxative Plus Stool Softener
  • Stool Softener And Stimulant Laxative
  • Stool Softener Plus Stimulant Laxative
  • Stool Softener With Laxative
  • 2 IN 1laxative Stool Softener And Stiulant Laxative
  • Careall Senna-s Laxative
  • Colace
  • Drug Mart Stool Softener Plus Stimulant Laxative
  • Drug Mart Vegetable Laxative Plus Stool Softener
  • Laxative And Stool Softener
  • Laxative Docusate Sodium With Senna
  • Laxative Stool Softener
  • Plus Pharma Senna Plus
  • Sankaijo
  • Senna S Dual Action
  • Senna S Laxative
  • Senna S Orange
  • Sool Softener Laxative
  • Stimulant Laxative Plus
  • Stool Softener
  • Stool Softener Laxative
  • Stool Softener Plus Laxative
  • Stool Softener With Stimulant Laxative
  • Stool Softening
  • Vegetable Laxative And Stool Softner
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Docusate Sodium; Sennosides
  • Docusate; Senna
  • Senna Leaf; Docusate Sodium
  • Sennosides; Docusate
  • Sennosides; Docusate Sodium
  • Senna; Docusate

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: 2/8/1957
First FDA applicant: Atlantis Consumer Healthcare, Inc.
First dosage form: Tablet, Film Coated (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2024.01. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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