Top 5 & 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2011

Medications used to treat mental disorders continue to enjoy the best sales they’ve had ever. Meanwhile, psychotherapy usage continues to decline.

We started tracking the top 25 psychiatric medications prescribed in the U.S. back in 2005, with the help of IMS Health and their innovative Xponent service, which tracks the vast majority of prescriptions dispensed in the U.S.

The top 5 are below, while the rest of the list follows.

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Top 5 & 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2011

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  1. It’s sad to see the decline is psychotherapy. It seems that we are moving further away from the personal touch which is often such a necessary part of developing understanding for sufferers and initiating healing.

  2. And so one example of what is wrong with mental health care these days. 2 of the top 5 are benzo’s, so wonderful physicians of all specialties are dispensing them like pez!

    Here’s a question to my non psychiatric colleagues: when a patient comes in complaining of pain, do you write that first prescription for opiates as fast as you do for benzo’s treating anxiety without responsible evaluation first? Because that is what the equivalent you are doing in your offices and ERs.

    A tip for prescribers: don’t write for Xanax or Valium at least, so you are not introducing euphoric effects to the problem at hand. I have treated more than a few dozen benzo addicts who had no agenda to abuse or misuse scripts at moment one. But, given one of those above two without much boundaries, well, recovering addicts, you can go on from here!

  3. > or some other factor

    Such as, perhaps, better identification of those who need treatment, and lessening of stigma?

    Or maybe the “Americans are over-medicated!” paradigm has weakened, for some reason? (perhaps there is some fatigue with it?)

    Also, as you point out, the rise of generics makes medication treatment more affordable … so surely there is a group which *should* have been treated, previously, but were not, due to cost. But they are now – raising the numbers.

    (BTW, if Evil Big Pharma is to blame, wouldn’t the rise of generics *lower* the use of medications?)

  4. Thanks be to God I’ve decided to come off all of my psychiatric drugs! They nearly killed me with horrible suicidal thoughts and made me attempt it as well. It was the best days work I did the day I caught them and threw them into the bin. All my suicidal thoughts have stopped and my creativity was activated again and life is just wonderful. Of course my doctor isn’t a bit happy about it but I now trust myself and in God and know that I have done the right thing.

  5. I suspect that many doctors prescribe Xanax and Valium because:

    1. they are effective
    2. they don’t have all the nasty side effects as other psychiatric medications
    3. they are cheap
    4. they are reliable
    5. they are generally safe

    Just because some get addicted doesn’t mean they should not be prescribed. Just as doctors continue to prescribe other drugs that have the potential to cause severe adverse reactions and dangerous side effects.

    • The exact same can be said for opiates. When is the percentage of misusing or abusing relevant as a concern? 20%? 30%? 50%?

  6. I suffer from severe anxiety and I dont want to
    take any of the psych meds. Is there any doctors that treat with natural meds or at least a med that
    does not have so many bad side effects so I
    dont become a drug addict. what about some of the
    older medications that they use to use before these
    designer drugs.

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