Osmotic Laxative

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC) Comparison, United States, 2020

Total Prescriptions in (2020)

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2020) Percent Share
Magnesium Salts 2,384,021 41.2%
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 2,069,530 35.7%
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 With Electrolytes 743,833 12.8%
Lactulose 424,980 7.3%
Anhydrous Citric Acid; Magnesium Oxide; Sodium Picosulfate 140,974 2.4%
Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Anhydrous; Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic, Monohydrate 15,845 0.3%
Aluminum Hydroxide; Dimethicone; Magnesium Hydroxide 11,072 0.2%

Total Prescriptions by Drug Over Time

Drug Class Prescribing Trends Over Time


Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2022.08. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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