The Most Popular Prescription Drugs In The U.S.

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The Most Popular Prescription Drugs In The U.S.

Startup GoodRx is a company that sells prescription drugs at a discount, and also compiles data, culled from pharmacy claims, on the most popular prescription drugs in the U.S. Looking at this list, it would appear that many Americans are overweight, unhealthy, and in pain.

All of the drugs on GoodRx’s most recent top ten list cost less than $15 for a 30-supply. They report the following as the most popular prescription drugs:

10. Motrin (ibuprofen)

Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication that is used for reducing inflammatory conditions such as fever, swell, pain, or loss of movement. Ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and aspirin are included in a class called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over-the-counter formulations are 200 mg tablets, but 800 mg doses are available by prescription.

9. Zofran (ondansetron)

Zofran is a medication used to treat nausea, particularly for those who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation. It decreases nausea by blocking serotonin.

8. Glucophage (metformin)

Glucophage is a medication indicated to treat type 2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar by reducing glucose production in the liver. It is often the first drug prescribed before considering other treatment options and is also thought to be the most widely used diabetes drug in the world.

7. Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Atorvastatin is used to reduce cholesterol and is the most popular among the many statins that are prescribing and sold in the United States.

6. Prinivil, Zestril (lisinopril)

Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that is indicated to treat heart conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and congestive heart failure.

5. Neurontin (gabapentin)

Gabapentin is prescribed to treat seizures and nerve pain, especially pain associated with shingles.

4. Amoxil (Amoxicillin)

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that is indicated to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

3. Delasone, Sterapred (prednisone)

Prednisone is a corticosteroid used to treat autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of cancer, and inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.

2. Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid (levothyroxine)

Levothyroxine is used to help regulate metabolism by helping the body to produce a specific hormone. It is indicated to treat hypothyroidism, a condition that is characterized by the body’s inability to made enough thyroid hormones to regulate the body.

And #1…

1. Vicodin, Norco, Xodol (hydrocodone/acetaminophen)

The combination of hydrocodone (an opioid narcotic) and acetaminophen is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain from a wide variety of causes and is currently the most popular drug in the United States. Although less potent than oxycodone, it is still an opioid and can lead to dependence and abuse.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology


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