The U.S. is home to over 130 million people who take prescribed medication to help them handle a variety of conditions and improve their quality of life
Developments in medicine have allowed us to develop medications to help with some of the most common health conditions. These drugs have proven to be effective in reducing pain, treating high blood pressure, and more.
Sorting the collected annual prescribed medicines data by the total number of patients provides a perspective on how commonplace certain drugs are in America.
The most prescribed drug in the US this year is atorvastatin – it’s one of many medications used to reduce the risk of heart disease and needs to be taken with care.
Most Americans suffer from high blood pressure. Today, 108 million or nearly half of adults in the U.S. have hypertension or high blood pressure with these conditions sometimes being symptomless.
Other common prescription antibiotics include amoxicillin (for bacterial infections) and azithromycin (for bacterial and mycoplasma infection). They also usually involve a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine, which many Americans use for hypothyroidism.
Albuterol, a drug typically prescribed to people with asthma, is typically ranked in the top five most popular prescription items. It’s followed by Type 2 diabetes medication (usually taken orally) which is also quite popular.
When you combine the total number of patients for each type of cardiovascular-related medication, it becomes clear that its prevalence is very high.
The largest percentage of Americans with a prescription for a drug to control blood pressure or cholesterol is 33%
Medications for pain or inflammation were the most frequent on the list. These medications are used to treat many common conditions including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, gout, menstrual cramps and back pain.
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