Valacyclovir

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Valacyclovir Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 4,931,639
Top drug rank #140 ( 12)
Average total drug cost $111.56 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $12.78 (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 196  14
2009 198  2
2010 211  13
2011 183  28
2012 167  16
2013 167 0
Year Rank Change
2014 192  25
2015 178  14
2016 168  10
2017 152  16
2018 140  12

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)
Valacyclovir (this drug) 4,931,639
Acyclovir 4,170,804

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
  • Valtrex
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Valacyclovir Hydrochloride
  • Valacyclovir

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Herpes Simplex Virus Nucleoside Analog DNA Polymerase Inhibitor, Herpes Zoster Virus Nucleoside Analog DNA Polymerase Inhibitor, Herpesvirus Nucleoside Analog DNA Polymerase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 6/23/1995
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (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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