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Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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Top 25 Psychiatric Medication Prescriptions for 2011

These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2011, according to IMS Health. I’ve also provided their 2009 and 2005 ranking (you can view the 2009 list here).

To put the percent changes below into perspective, the U.S. total population rose approximately 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2011. That suggests that anything above 1.6 percent change was driven by other factors — more people seeking treatment, more pharmaceutical advertising and marketing, or some other factor.

The biggest movers and shakers on the list were Celexa — moving up 15 spots to grab the second most-prescribed psychiatric drug in 2011 — and Wellbutrin XL, moving from 22 to 13.

Drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — generic amphetamine salts and methylphenidate — enjoyed big gains as well.

2011
Rank
2009
Rank
2005
Rank
Brand name
(generic name)
Used for…U.S. Prescriptions(% change from 2009)
1.1.1.Xanax
(alprazolam)
Anxiety47,792,000
(9%)
2.17.11.Celexa
(citalopram)
Depression,Anxiety37,728,000
(36%)
3.4.2.Zoloft
(sertraline)
Depression,AnxietyOCD,PTSDPMDD37,208,000
(8%)
4.3.5.Ativan
(lorazepam)
Anxietypanic disorder27,172,000
(4%)
5.5.4.Prozac
(fluoxetine HCL)
Depression,Anxiety24,507,000
(6%)
6.2.3.

Lexapro
(escitalopram)

Depression,Anxiety23,707,000
(- 16%)
7.6.NADesyrel
(trazodone HCL)
Depression,Anxiety22,591,000
(15%)
8.7.16.Cymbalta
(duloxetine)
Depression,Anxiety, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy17,770,000
(6%)
9.10.9.Valium
(diazepam)
AnxietyPanic disorder14,694,000
(6%)
10.8.13.Seroquel
(quetiapine)
Bipolar disorder,Depression14,213,000
(- 11%)
11.11.10.Paxil
(paroxetine HCL)
Depression,AnxietyPanic disorder13,990,000
(- 6%)
12.9.6.Effexor XR
(venlafaxine HCL ER)
Depression,AnxietyPanic disorder12,469,000
(NA for HCL ER)
13.22.10.Wellbutrin XL
(bupropion HCL XL)
Depression12,151,000
(77%)
14.12.14.Risperdal
(risperidone)
Bipolar disorder,Schizophrenia, irritability in autism12,092,000
(14%)
15.11.NAAmphetamine salts
(Generic)
Attention deficit disorder9,682,000
(36%)
16.15.NAAbilify
(aripiprazole)
Bipolar disorder,Schizophrenia,Depression8,881,000
(8%)
17.19.NAVyvanse
(lisdexamfetamine)
Attention deficit disorder8,467,000
(50%)
18.NANAWellbutrin SR
(bupropion HCL SR)
Depression8,456,000
(75%)
19.13.NAVistaril*
(hydroxyzine)
Anxiety, tension7,268,000
(9%)
20.NANAAmphetamine salts ER
(Generic)
Attention deficit disorder6,499,000
(67%)
21.18.19.Buspar
(buspirone)
SleepAnxiety6,334,000
(15%)
22.20.17.Zyprexa
(olanzapine)
Bipolar disorder,Schizophrenia4,576,000
(- 15%)
23.16.NAConcerta
(methylphenidate)
Attention deficit disorder4,328,000
(- 45%)
24.NANAMethylphenidate
(generic)
Attention deficit disorder4,248,000
(NA)
25.25.NAPristiq
(desvenlafaxine)
Depression4,039,000
(61%)

Notes:

If no percentage change is listed, we did not track it in 2005.

NA – Rank not available for this year.

* – This is not a psychiatric medication, but is often prescribed for a mental health issue.

How This Data is Derived

Information in the National Prescription Audit (NPA) is derived from IMS Health’s Xponent service, one of the most complete, national-level prescription databases in the U.S. Xponent captures roughly 70% Market Share of all prescriptions in the U.S. IMS then uses a patented projection methodology from a stratified and geographically balanced sample to represent 100% Market Share coverage of U.S. prescription activity at retail, mail service, long-term care, and managed care outlets.

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VioletsMomTown
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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Wow, this is a nightmare list to me. I want none of that nonsense. And all that medication gets peed down into the sewers and then goes back in our drinking water, not being able to be filtered out. Its a wonder we don't all have 4 arms and hair growing out of our eyeballs by now

MomOfOneCoolKid
by Gold Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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interesting... thanks for the post :)

mypbandj
by Jen on Mar. 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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Wow good point . I never considered the drug being put into our system through urine. I do worry about unused drugs being disposed of down drains though.

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Wow, this is a nightmare list to me. I want none of that nonsense. And all that medication gets peed down into the sewers and then goes back in our drinking water, not being able to be filtered out. Its a wonder we don't all have 4 arms and hair growing out of our eyeballs by now

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maciymommieof3
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

yep...you do bring up a great point.

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Wow, this is a nightmare list to me. I want none of that nonsense. And all that medication gets peed down into the sewers and then goes back in our drinking water, not being able to be filtered out. Its a wonder we don't all have 4 arms and hair growing out of our eyeballs by now


maciymommieof3
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

your so welcome

Quoting MomOfOneCoolKid:

interesting... thanks for the post :)


letstalk747
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

whoa

jthompson1976
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

wow tap water was just ruined for me  i didn't realise i was drinking every one pee...   or there meds

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Mar. 9, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Wow!

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