Most Prescribed Drugs in the US

Prescription drugs are continually on the rise, particularly in the United States. While many are prescribed as medical necessity, prescription drug sharing and abuse have initiated a widespread epidemic of drug misuse and abuse.

USA Drug Prescription Consumption

The U.S. consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs, while its population comprises only five percent of the world population.

The most abused prescription drugs are painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants. Only 18 percent of prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor; over half of prescription drugs are obtained for free from a friend or family member. Prescription drugs are taken as study aids, as inexpensive recreation, and for a sense of safety compared to street drugs.

Let’s take a look at which drugs are prescribed most often in the country.

Most Prescribed Drugs in the US

  • Synthroid (levothyroxine)

Accounting for the most prescribed drug in America, Levothyroxine is the top drug prescribed in 26 of the country’s states.

What is it prescribed for?

Levothyroxine is a replacement hormone taken by those with malfunctioning or underactive thyroids. The hormone that Levothyroxine secretes helps curb fatigue, tiredness, and lack of energy.

  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen are part of the opioid epidemic that is causing alarm around the world.

What is it prescribed for?

Physicians prescribe hydrocodone for surgical recovery and for some instances of chronic pain.


  • (Lipitor) Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is prescribed to the third of American adults facing issues with heart disease and high cholesterol.

What is it prescribed for?

Atorvastatin helps to bring down high cholesterol levels.

  • Zestril, Prinivil (Lisinopril)

Prinivil and Zestril are drugs that help treat high blood pressure, which is a problem affecting more than a third of American adults.

What is it prescribed for?

Lisinopril and other generic versions are the most common drug prescribed for high blood pressure, but it is useful for many other types of conditions as well, including heart attack recovery and diabetes complications.

  • Adderall (Amphetamine Salt Combo)

Amphetamine salts have a long history of abuse and have been prescribed throughout the years to treat a number of ailments. Most recently, amphetamine salts are prescribed to curb the effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What is it prescribed for?

Amphetamine salts are prescribed to children, young adults, and recently to young women, to treat inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

  • Amlodipine (Norvasc)

Amlodipine treats high blood pressure, and it is the most commonly prescribed drug in the state of New York.

What is it prescribed for?

Amlodipine is prescribed for the obese and for those at risk of heart disease.

  • Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone)

Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction, which is responsible for a startling number of overdose hospitalizations and deaths in the last five years.

What is it prescribed for?

Suboxone is prescribed to reduce the effects of pain relief or general well-being that often lead to the abuse of prescribed opiates.

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By |2019-01-30T13:36:22+00:00January 25th, 2019|Health Care|0 Comments

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