The Drugs Used Most Often Across the US

The prescription drug market is one of the most profitable industries in the US. No other country in the world prescribes as many drugs as the United States does. This infographic from NY Requirements shows us a lot of fascinating information about this booming industry and all the health insights we can glean from looking at prescription medication sales.

The infographic ranks the 50 drugs that are most prescribed by medical professionals and includes other details, like what the drugs are used to treat and what category of medicine they belong in. The ranking drugs belong to these categories:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Antidiabetic
  • Hormonal
  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Brain and Mood

Out of these categories, cardiovascular drugs were by far the most common. This probably comes as no surprise. Heart disease is one of the most prevalent health concerns in America with experts citing our diets and sedentary lifestyles as the factors that increase risk. The list also includes many drugs used to treat mood disorders, along with antidiabetics to address blood sugar levels, and hormone treatments.

These are the top ten drugs on the long list of 50 medications:

  1. Atorvastatin – Used to treat high cholesterol
  2. Metaformin – Used to treat high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes
  3. Levothyroxine – Used to treat hypothyroidism, goiters, and thyroid cancer
  4. Lisinopril – Used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
  5. Amlodipine – Used to lower blood pressure
  6. Metoprolol – Used to lower blood pressure
  7. Albuterol – Used to treat breathing issues like asthma
  8. Losartan – Used to treat high blood pressure and kidney disease
  9. Omeprazole – Used to treat issues caused by stomach acid
  10. Gabapentin – Used to treat seizures and nervous system pain

It’s fascinating to see which drugs are the most needed. We can guess which diseases and illnesses affect us the most and learn which companies are making the most lucrative drugs.

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