A generic drug is a term given to a drug product that is marketed as per its chemical name without advertising. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) make sure that generic drugs meet the standards of the innovator drug. The generic drugs approved by FDA have active ingredient, strength, quality, stability, and purity similar to brand name drugs. In today’s age, approximately 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. The use of these drugs is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.
Currently, the 10 most prescribed generic medications in the US are:
Simvastatin is a generic drug which also gets marketed under the trade name Zocor. It’s a lipid lowering medication used to lower the elevated lipid levels. It also decreases the risk of heart problems. Its primary use is to treat dyslipidemia and prevent complications associated with atherosclerosis such as stroke and heart attack. The total prescriptions for Simvastatin till September 2014 were approx. 73.5 million.
Lisinopril is a drug of class ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor. It is used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure. It prevents diabetic people from kidney and eye complications. The total prescriptions for Lisinopril till September 2014 were approx. 103,090,396.
Atorvastatin is marketed under the trade name Lipitor. It is a member of the drug class statins. It is used to prevent issues associated with cardiovascular disease. It lowers the risk of stroke and other heart complications in people suffering from type 2 diabetes, etc. The total prescriptions for Atorvastatin till September 2014 were 76,987,591.
4. METFORMIN HCL:
Metformin is marketed under trade name Glucophage. It is one of the best medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, especially obese people and people whose symptoms are poorly controlled. The total prescriptions for Metformin HCL till September 2014 were 61,162,279.
5. AMLODIPINE BESY:
Amlodipine is a medication of group dihydropyridine-type calcium channel blockers. It is used to lower the blood pressure level and prevent chest pain (angina). It increases the blood flow to the heart muscle to relieve pain due to angina. The total prescriptions for Amlodipine BESY till September 2014 were 76,404,927.
6. OMEPRAZOLE (RX):
OMEPRAZOLE (RX) is also marketed under trade name Prilosec and Losec. It is used to treat peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome. Its usage also prevents upper gastrointestinal bleeding in people who are at high risk. The total prescriptions for OMEPRAZOLE (RX) till September 2014 were 73,161,061.
AMOXICILLIN also known as amox, is an antibiotic. It is used to treat a number of bacterial infections. It is the first line treatment for middle ear infections. It may also be used for skin infections, pneumonia, strep throat, and urinary tract infections. The total prescriptions for AMOXICILLIN till September 2014 were 53,807,690.
HYCD/APAP drugs are quite famous with the trade name Vicodin. Hydrocodone/ Acetaminophen is an opioid medication. HYCD/APAP medication is a combination of hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. It is used for chronic pains (from moderate to severe). The total prescriptions for HYCD/APAP till September 2014 were 123,365,902.
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE is a diuretic medication. It is used to treat hypertension and prevents body from absorbing excessive salt which can cause edema (fluid retention.) The total prescriptions for HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE till September 2014 were 49,555,088.
10. LEVOTHYROXINE SOD:
Levothyroxine medication is an alternative for a hormone, generally produced by thyroid gland to regulate body’s metabolism. It is generally prescribed when the thyroid gland stops producing this hormone. This medication is used to treat hypothyroidism, goiter (caused by hormone imbalance). The total prescriptions for LEVOTHYROXINE SOD till September 2014 were 95,170,627.
Here is the price list of prescribed generic medications on which you can get discount through Wise Rx discount card.
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These are the 10 most prescribed generic medications that are sold in the US (as per data collected till 2014). You can get discount on these medications by using Wise RX discount card. Use this card and save up to 85% on these prescription medications.
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