Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2009, according to IMS Health. I’ve also provided their 2005 ranking. To put the percent change into perspective, the U.S. total population rose approximately 4 percent from 2005 to 2009.

2009
Rank
2005
Rank
Brand name
(generic name)
Used for… U.S. Prescriptions (% change)
1. 1. Xanax
(alprazolam)
Anxiety 44,029,000
(29%)
2. 3.

Lexapro
(escitalopram)

Depression, Anxiety 27,698,000
(13%)
3. 5. Ativan
(lorazepam)
Anxiety, panic disorder 25,868,000
(36%)
4. 2. Zoloft
(sertraline)
Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, PMDD 19,500,000
(- 28%)
5. 4. Prozac
(fluoxetine)
Depression, Anxiety 19,499,000
(- 9%)
6. N/A Desyrel
(trazodone)
Depression, Anxiety 18,873,000
7. 16. Cymbalta
(duloxetine)
Depression, Anxiety, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy 16,626,000
(237%)
8. 13. Seroquel
(quetiapine)
Bipolar disorder, Depression 15,814,000
(88%)
9. 6. Effexor XR
(venlafaxine)
Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder 14,992,000
(- 13%)
10. 9. Valium
(diazepam)
Anxiety, Panic disorder 14,009,000
(16%)
11. N/A Amphetamine salts
(Generic)
Attention deficit disorder 10,794,000
12. 14. Risperdal
(risperidone)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, irritability in autism 10,590,000
(45%)
13. N/A Vistaril*
(hydroxyzine)
Anxiety, tension 9,770,000
14. N/A Bupropion
(Generic)
Depression, stop smoking 8,981,000
15. N/A Abilify
(aripiprazole)

Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression 8,209,000
16. N/A Concerta
(methylphenidate)
Attention deficit disorder 8,098,000
17. 11. Celexa
(citalopram)
Depression, Anxiety 7,215,000
(- 22%)
18. 19. Buspar
(buspirone)
Sleep, Anxiety 5,455,000
(35%)
19. N/A Vyvanse
(lisdexamfetamine)
Attention deficit disorder 5,437,000
20. 17. Zyprexa
(olanzapine)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia 5,379,000
(18%)
21. 12. Adderall XR
(amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)
Attention deficit disorder 5,255,000
22. 10. Wellbutrin XL
(bupropion xl)
Depression 3,021,000
(- 73%)
23. N/A Geodon
(ziprasidone)
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia 3,012,000
24. 15. Strattera
(atomoxetine)
Attention deficit disorder 2,919,000
(- 42%)
25. N/A Pristiq
(desvenlafaxine)
Depression 2,432,000

Notes:

Medications that weren’t listed in 2009 by IMS Health (but were in 2005): Klonopin, Elavil, Depakote, and Paxil.

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

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

 

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2010). Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 22, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/top-25-psychiatric-prescriptions-for-2009/0003170
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