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Top 210 Most Prescribed Drugs: 2016 Edition

By Remington College Posted November 9, 2017

  1. Acyclovir (Zovirax)'- antiviral used to treat symptoms of herpes
  2. Adalimumab (Humira)'- used to treat arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and plaque psoriasis in adults
  3. Albuterol sulfate (Ventolin HFA)'- inhaler used to treat asthma
  4. Alendronate (Fosamax)'- used to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis)
  5. Allopurinol (Zyloprim)'- used to treat gout and certain types of kidney stones
  6. Alprazolam (Xanax)'- used to treat anxiety and panic disorders
  7. Amiodarone (Cordarone)'- used to treat irregular heartbeat
  8. Amitriptyline (Elavil)'- used to treat mental/mood problems such as depression
  9. Amlodipine (Norvasc)'- used to treat high blood pressure
  10. Amlodipine/Atorvastatin (Caduet)'- used to help lower cholesterol
  11. Amlodipine/Benazepril (Lotrel)'- used to help lower high blood pressure
  12. Amlodipine/Olmesartan medoxomil (Azor)'- used to help lower high blood pressure
  13. Amlodipine/Valsartan (Exforge)'- used to help lower high blood pressure
  14. Amoxicillin (Amoxil)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  15. Amoxicillin/Clavulanate (Augmentin)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  16. Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall XR)'- used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy
  17. Aripiprazole (Abilify)'- used to treat depression in adults, and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and autistic disorder in people under 18
  18. Aspirin/Extended-release dipyridamole (Aggrenox)'- used to prevent stroke in patients who are at high risk of blood clots
  19. Atenolol (Tenormin)'- used to treat chest pain and high blood pressure
  20. Atomozetine (Strattera)'- used to treat ADHD in adults
  21. Atorvastatin (Lipitor)'- used to help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of chest pain, stroke, heart attack, and blood clots
  22. Atropine (Atropen)'- can treat heart rhythm problems, stomach or bowel problems, and certain types of poisoning when injected
  23. Azithromycin (Zithromax)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  24. Beclomethasone (Qvar)'- inhaler prescribed to treat asthma symptoms
  25. Benazepril (Lotensin)'- used to help lower high blood pressure
  26. Bimatoprost (Lumigan)'- eye drops used to treat glaucoma and eye tension
  27. Brimonidine tartrate (Alphagan-P)'- eye drops used to treat glaucoma and eye tension
  28. Brimonidine tartrate/Timolol maleate (Combigan)'- eye drops used to treat glaucoma and eye tension
  29. Budesonide (Rhinocort)'- can treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in its oral form. When inhaled it can treat asthma attacks
  30. Budesonide/Formoterol (Symbicort)'- used to treat severe asthma
  31. Buprenorphine Naloxone (Suboxone)'- used to treat addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers
  32. Bupropion (Wellbutrin)'- used to treat depression
  33. Calcitriol (Rocaltrol)'- used to treat low calcium levels and psoriasis
  34. Calcium Carbonate (Os-Cal)'- used to treat low calcium levels
  35. Carisoprodol (Soma)'- used short-term to treat muscle pain and discomfort
  36. Carvedilol (Coreg)'- used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
  37. Cefazolin (Ancef)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  38. Cefotaxime (Claforan)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  39. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  40. Celecoxib (Celebrex)'- used to treat arthritis and manage short-term pain in adults
  41. Cephalexin (Keflex)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  42. Cetirizine (Zyrtec)'- antihistamine used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing hives, and itching
  43. Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  44. Citalopram (Celexa)'- used to treat depression
  45. Clarithromycin (Biaxin)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial respiratory tract infections
  46. Clindamycin (Cleocin)'- antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  47. Clonazepam (Klonopin)'- used to prevent and control seizures
  48. Clonidine (Catapres)'- used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension)
  49. Clopidogrel (Plavix)'- can prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems
  50. Codeine/APAP 30/300mg (Tylenol #3)'- used to relieve moderate to severe pain
  51. Colesevelam hydrochloride (Welchol)'- lowers cholesterol in post-pubescent children and patients with Type 2 diabetes
  52. Conjugated Estrogens (Premarin)'- used to treat symptoms of menopause: vaginal changes, hot flashes, and bone loss (osteoporosis)
  53. Conjugated Estrogens/Medroxyprogesterone acetate (Prempro)'- used to treat symptoms of menopause: vaginal changes, hot flashes, and bone loss (osteoporosis)
  54. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)'- used short-term to treat muscle spasms
  55. Dabigatran (Pradaxa)'- used to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of a stroke
  56. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)'- used to treat depression
  57. Dexamethasone (Decadron)'- used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. Also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing's syndrome)
  58. Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)'- used to treat acid reflux diseases
  59. Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR)'- used to treat ADHD
  60. Dextromethorphan'- used to treat cough
  61. Diazepam (Valium)'- used to treat anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. Also used to relieve muscle spasms and to provide sedation before medical procedures
  62. Diclofenec sodium (Voltaren gel)'- used to relax muscles in the airways and increase air flow to the lungs
  63. Digoxin (Lanoxin)'- used to treat heart failure, usually along with other medications
  64. Dobutamine (Dobutrex)'- used to treat heart failure and help the heart pump blood
  65. Docusate sodium (Colace)'- used to treat constipation
  66. Donepezil (Aricept)'- used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease
  67. Dopamine (Dopastat)'- can treat symptoms of shock by improving blood flow
  68. Doxycycline (Vibramycin)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including those that cause acne. Also used to prevent malaria.
  69. Duloxetine (Cymbalta)'- treats depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and pain caused by nerve damage in adults with diabetes
  70. Dutasteride (Avodart)'- used to treat enlarged prostate in men
  71. Efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofir desoproxil fumarate'- used to treat HIV infection in adults and children who are at least 12 years old and weigh 88 lbs
  72. Emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada)'- used to treat and reduce the risk of HIV-1 infection
  73. Enoxaparin (Lovenox)'- used to help prevent blood clots
  74. Epoetin alpha (Epogen)'- used to treat anemia in people with kidney disease, people receiving zidovudine to treat HIV, and people receiving chemotherapy for some types of cancer
  75. Ergocalciferol (Calciferol)'- helps treat or prevent bone loss
  76. Escitalopram (Lexapro)'- used to treat anxiety and depression
  77. Esomeprazole (Nexium)'- treats acid reflux disease and can be prescribed to heal damage to the esophagus
  78. Eszopiclone (Lunesta)'- used to treat insomnia
  79. Etanercept (Enbrel)'- used to treat arthritis and plaque psoriasis
  80. Ethinyl estradiol/Drospirenone (Yaz)'- birth control pill
  81. Ethinyl estradiol/Norethindrone (Loestrin)'- low estrogen birth control pill
  82. Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol (NuvaRing)'- vaginal ring used to prevent pregnancy
  83. Ezetimibe (Zetia)'- used to lower cholesterol
  84. Ezetimibe/Simvastatin (Vytorin)'- used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clot
  85. Febuxostat (Uloric)'- used to treat low blood uric acid levels in adults with gout
  86. Fenofibrate (Tricor)'- used to lower cholesterol
  87. Fentanyl (Sublimaze)'- can treat severe pain
  88. Fentanyl (Duragesic)'- can treat severe pain
  89. Ferrous Sulfate'- used to treat or prevent low blood levels of iron
  90. Fluconazole (Diflucan)'- used to prevent and treat a variety of fungal and yeast infections
  91. Fluoxetine (Prozac)'- used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, certain eating disorders (bulimia), and PMS
  92. Fluticasone (Flovent HFA)'- inhaler used to reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack
  93. Fluticasone (Flonase)'- used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing, hives, and itching
  94. Fluticasone/Salmeterol (Advair Diskus)'- used to control and prevent the ongoing symptoms of asthma and lung disease
  95. Fluticasone propionate/Salmeterol (Advair HFA)'- used to control and prevent the ongoing symptoms of asthma and lung disease
  96. Furosemide (Lasix)'- used to reduce extra fluid in the body (edema) caused by conditions such as heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease
  97. Gabapentin (Neurontin)'- used to prevent and control seizures
  98. Glyburide (Micronase)'- used to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes
  99. Heparin'- used to prevent blood clots
  100. Hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril)'- used to treat high blood pressure
  101. Hydrocodone/APAP (Vicodin)'- used to relieve moderate to severe pain
  102. Hydrocortisone (Solu-Cortef)'- used to treat various conditions such as severe allergic reactions, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases, intestinal disorders, and skin disease
  103. Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)'- used to help relieve moderate to severe pain
  104. Influenza vaccine (Afluria)'- vaccine against the flu virus
  105. Insulin aspart (Novolog)'- injection used to control blood sugar in people with diabetes
  106. Insulin detemir (Levemir)'- used to control blood sugar in people with diabetes
  107. Insulin glargine (Lantus)'- used to treat adults with Type 2 diabetes and children 6 years old and under with Type 1 diesease
  108. Insulin lispro (Humalog)'- used to control blood sugar in patients with diabetes
  109. Insulin NPH/Regular (Humulin N/Humulin R)'- used to control blood sugar in patients with diabetes
  110. Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent)'- used to control and prevent symptoms caused by ongoing lung disease
  111. Ipratropium bromide/Albuterol (Combivent Respimat)'- spray used for narrowing of the airways caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  112. Isosorbide Dinitrate/ Mononitrate (Isordil)'- can treat and prevent chest pain
  113. Ketorolac (Toradol)'- used for short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain in adults
  114. Latanoprost (Xalantan)'- eye drops to treat glaucoma
  115. Levalbuterol (Xopenex)'- inhaler used to treat sudden asthma attacks
  116. Levofloxacin (Levaquin)'- used to treat bacterial infections
  117. Levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid)'- treats hypothyroidism, enlarged thyroid, and thyroid cancer
  118. Lidocaine (Lidoderm Patch)'- used to relieve nerve pain after shingles
  119. Lidocaine (Xylocaine)'- used to treat irregular heartbeat. Also relieve pain and numb the skin
  120. Linagliptin (Tradjenta)'- used to lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes
  121. Liraglutide (Victoza)'- used to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes
  122. Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)'- treats ADD & ADHD in adults and children, also used to treat Binge Eating Disorder in adults
  123. Lisinopril (Zestril)'- used to treat high blood pressure
  124. Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide (Prinzide)'- used to treat high blood pressure
  125. Lorazepam (Ativan)'- used to treat anxiety
  126. Losartan (Cozaar)'- used to treat high blood pressure and to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes
  127. Loteprednol etabonate (Lotemax)'- eye drops used to treat redness, itching, and watering of the eyes. Also reduces pain & swelling following eye surgery
  128. Lubiprostone (Amitiza)'- used to treat chronic constipation in adults
  129. Meloxicam (Mobic)'- used to treat arthritis
  130. Memantine (Namenda)'- used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease
  131. Metformin (Glucophage)'- used to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes
  132. Methylphenidate ER (Concerta)'- used to treat ADHD
  133. Methylprednisolone (Medrol)'- used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, severe allergic reactions, certain cancers, eye conditions, skin/kidney/intestinal/lung diseases, and immune system disorder
  134. Metoprolol succinate & tartrate (Toprol XL)'- used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, and prevent a heart attack
  135. Midazolam (Versed)'- used in children to cause drowsiness, decrease anxiety, and cause forgetfulness before a surgery or procedure
  136. Mometasone (Nasonex)'- used to treat nasal symptoms of allergies
  137. Mometasone furoate/Formoterol fumarate dehydrate (Dulera)- inhalant used to control and prevent wheezing in asthma sufferers
  138. Montelukast (Singular)'- can treat allergies and prevent asthma attacks
  139. Morphine (Ms Contin)'- used to help relieve severe ongoing pain
  140. Mupirocin (Bactroban)'- used to temporarily get rid of certain bacteria in the nose
  141. Naloxone (Narcan)'- used for the emergency treatment of narcotic (opiate) overdose
  142. Nebivolol (Bystolic)'- used to treat high blood pressure in adults
  143. Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat)'- used before physical activities to prevent chest pain in people with heart conditions
  144. Norethindrone acetate/ethinyl estradiol/ferrous fumarate (Minastrin 24 FE)'- low estrogen birth control pill
  145. Norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol (Ortho Tri-cyclen)'- birth control pill
  146. Olanzepine (Zyprexa)'- used to treat certain mental/mood conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
  147. Olmesartan (Benicar)'- used to lower blood pressure
  148. Olopatadine hydrochloride (Patanol)'- eye drops used to treat symptoms of conjunctivitis
  149. Olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic (Pataday)'- used to treat itchy eyes associated with allergies
  150. Omeprazole (Prilosec)'- used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux, ulcers
  151. Ondansetron (Zorfran)'- can prevent nausea and vomiting
  152. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)'- antiviral used to treat the flu virus in people 2 weeks of age and older
  153. Oxycodone (OxyContin)'- narcotic used to treat long-term moderate to severe pain
  154. Oxycodone/APAP (Percocet)'- used to help relieve moderate to severe pain
  155. Pantoprazole (Protonix)'- used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux, ulcers
  156. Paroxetine (Paxil)'- used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder
  157. Penicillin'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  158. Pioglitazone (Actos)'- used to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
  159. Piperacillin/Tazobactam (Zosyn)'- used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections
  160. Potassium Chloride (Micro-K)'- used to treat or prevent low amounts of potassium in the blood
  161. Prasugrel (Effient)'- used to prevent future heart attacks and blood clots in people who have had a heart attack or blood clot before that was treated with a stent
  162. Pravastatin (Pravachol)'- used to lower cholesterol
  163. Prednisone (Deltasone)'- used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, severe allergies, skin diseases, cancer, eye problems, and immune system disorders
  164. Pregabalin (Lyrica)'- used to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic never pain, spinal cord injury, nerve pain, and pain after shingles. May also be used to treat seizures in adults with epilepsy
  165. Prochlorperazine (Compazine)'- used to treat nausea and vomiting. Also anxiety and schizophrenia
  166. Promethazine (Phenergan)'- used to treat nausea and vomiting related to certain conditions (such as before/after surgery, motion sickness)
  167. Promethazine/Codeine (Phenergan Codeine)'- used to treat symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis)
  168. Propofol (Diprivan)'- can cause relaxation and sleepiness before and during surgery and other medical procedures
  169. Quetiapine (Seroquel)'- used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
  170. Rabeprazole (AcipHex)'- used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux, ulcers
  171. Raloxifene hydrochloride (Evista)'- used to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and decrease the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women
  172. Ranolazine (Ranexa)'- used to treat recurrent chest pain in adults
  173. Risedronate (Actonel)'- used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults
  174. Risperidone (Risperdal)'- used to treat certain mental/mood disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder
  175. Ritonavir (Norvir)'- used to treat HIV infection
  176. Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)'- used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in people with atrial fibrillation and who've had knee or hip replacement surgery
  177. Rivastigmine tartrate (Exelon)'- used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
  178. Rosuvastatin(Crestor)'- treats high cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  179. Saxagliptin (Onglyza)'- used to lower blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes
  180. Sertraline (Zoloft)'- can treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder
  181. Sildenafil (Viagra)'- used to treat erectile dysfunction in men
  182. Simvastatin (Zocor)'- used to lower cholesterol
  183. Sitagliptin (Januvia)'- used to lower blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes
  184. Solifenacin (Vesicare)'- used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder disorder: urgency, frequency, and leakage
  185. Travoprost (Travatan Z)'- eye drops used to relieve pressure in the eyes and increase drainage from eyes
  186. Trimethoprim / Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)'- antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections
  187. Sumatriptan (Imitrex)'- used to treat migraines
  188. Tadalafil (Cialis)'- used to treat erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate in men
  189. Tamsulosin (Flomax)'- used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate in men
  190. Terbinafine (Lamasil)'- can treat fungal infections on the skin, including athlete's foot, ringworm, and "jock itch"
  191. Tiotropium Bromide (Spiriva HandiHaler)'- used to relax and relieve blocks in the airway caused by chronic bronchitis & emphysema
  192. Thyroid tablets (Armour)'- natural hormone replacement used to treat hypothyroidism
  193. Tolterodine (Detrol LA)'- used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder: urgency, frequency, and leakage
  194. Tramadol (Ultram)'- used to help relieve moderate to severe pain
  195. Trazadone (Desyrel)'- used to treat depression
  196. Triamcinolone'- used to treat a variety of skin conditions
  197. Triamterene/Hydrochlorothiazide (Maxzide)'- can treat fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure
  198. Vaccine - Influenza (Fluzone/FluMist)'- vaccine used to prevent the flu
  199. Valacyclovir (Valtrex)'- antiviral used to treat symptoms of herpes
  200. Valsartan (Diovan)'- treats high blood pressure in adults
  201. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT)'- treats high blood pressure in adults
  202. Vancomycin (Vancocin)'- used to treat a variety of bacterial infections
  203. Vardenafil hydrochloride (Levitra)'- used to treat erectile dysfunction in men
  204. Varenicline (Chantix)'- used to help people quit smoking
  205. Venlafaxine (Effexor)'- can treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder
  206. Verapamil (Calan)'- can treat high blood pressure, severe chest pain, and irregular heartbeat
  207. Vilazodone hydrochloride (Viibryd)'- used to treat depression
  208. Warfarin (Coumadin)'- used to treat and prevent blood clots
  209. Zolpidem (Ambien)'- used to treat insomnia
  210. Zoster vaccine (Zostavax)'- vaccine used to prevent shingles in adults 50 and older

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Sources:
1.http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
2.http://www.webmd.com/drugs/index-drugs.aspx
3.http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/Thomas-J-Long-School-of-Pharmacy-and-Health-Sciences/Academics/Doctor-of-Pharmacy/Curriculum-and-Courses/Top-Drugs.html