Top 25 Psychiatric Medication Prescriptions for 2011

These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2011, according to IMS Health. I’ve also provided their 2009 and 2005 ranking (you can view the 2009 list here).

To put the percent changes below into perspective, the U.S. total population rose approximately 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2011. That suggests that anything above 1.6 percent change was driven by other factors — more people seeking treatment, more pharmaceutical advertising and marketing, or some other factor.

The biggest movers and shakers on the list were Celexa — moving up 15 spots to grab the second most-prescribed psychiatric drug in 2011 — and Wellbutrin XL, moving from 22 to 13.

Drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — generic amphetamine salts and methylphenidate — enjoyed big gains as well.

2011
Rank
2009
Rank
2005
Rank
Brand name
(generic name)
Used for… U.S. Prescriptions (% change from 2009)
1. 1. 1. Xanax
(alprazolam)
Anxiety 47,792,000
(9%)
2. 17. 11. Celexa
(citalopram)
Depression, Anxiety 37,728,000
(36%)
3. 4. 2. Zoloft
(sertraline)
Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, PMDD 37,208,000
(8%)
4. 3. 5. Ativan
(lorazepam)
Anxiety, panic disorder 27,172,000
(4%)
5. 5. 4. Prozac
(fluoxetine HCL)
Depression, Anxiety 24,507,000
(6%)
6. 2. 3.

Lexapro
(escitalopram)

Depression, Anxiety 23,707,000
(- 16%)
7. 6. NA Desyrel
(trazodone HCL)
Depression, Anxiety 22,591,000
(15%)
8. 7. 16. Cymbalta
(duloxetine)
Depression, Anxiety, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy 17,770,000
(6%)
9. 10. 9. Valium
(diazepam)
Anxiety, Panic disorder 14,694,000
(6%)
10. 8. 13. Seroquel
(quetiapine)
Bipolar disorder, Depression 14,213,000
(- 11%)
11. 11. 10. Paxil
(paroxetine HCL)
Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder 13,990,000
(- 6%)
12. 9. 6. Effexor XR
(venlafaxine HCL ER)
Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder 12,469,000
(NA for HCL ER)
13. 22. 10. Wellbutrin XL
(bupropion HCL XL)
Depression 12,151,000
(77%)
14. 12. 14. Risperdal
(risperidone)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, irritability in autism 12,092,000
(14%)
15. 11. NA Amphetamine salts
(Generic)
Attention deficit disorder 9,682,000
(36%)
16. 15. NA Abilify
(aripiprazole)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression 8,881,000
(8%)
17. 19. NA Vyvanse
(lisdexamfetamine)
Attention deficit disorder 8,467,000
(50%)
18. NA NA Wellbutrin SR
(bupropion HCL SR)
Depression 8,456,000
(75%)
19. 13. NA Vistaril*
(hydroxyzine)
Anxiety, tension 7,268,000
(9%)
20. NA NA Amphetamine salts ER
(Generic)
Attention deficit disorder 6,499,000
(67%)
21. 18. 19. Buspar
(buspirone)
Sleep, Anxiety 6,334,000
(15%)
22. 20. 17. Zyprexa
(olanzapine)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia 4,576,000
(- 15%)
23. 16. NA Concerta
(methylphenidate)
Attention deficit disorder 4,328,000
(- 45%)
24. NA NA Methylphenidate
(generic)
Attention deficit disorder 4,248,000
(NA)
25. 25. NA Pristiq
(desvenlafaxine)
Depression 4,039,000
(61%)

Notes:

If no percentage change is listed, we did not track it in 2005.

NA – Rank not available for this year.

* – This is not a psychiatric medication, but is often prescribed for a mental health issue.

How This Data is Derived

Information in the National Prescription Audit (NPA) is derived from IMS Health’s Xponent service, one of the most complete, national-level prescription databases in the U.S. Xponent captures roughly 70% Market Share of all prescriptions in the U.S. IMS then uses a patented projection methodology from a stratified and geographically balanced sample to represent 100% Market Share coverage of U.S. prescription activity at retail, mail service, long-term care, and managed care outlets.

 

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2012). Top 25 Psychiatric Medication Prescriptions for 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 25, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/top-25-psychiatric-medication-prescriptions-for-2011/00012586
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