What Is The Average Number Of Prescriptions Per Person?

How many prescriptions does the average American take?

People who say they take prescription drugs on a regular basis report taking an average of four different prescription drugs daily (Figure One).


How many different prescription drugs do you take each day.

Source: Prescription Drug Use Among Midlife and Older Americans, AARP, December 2004..

How many prescriptions are too many?

Taking more than five medications is called polypharmacy. The risk of harmful effects, drug interactions and hospitalizations increase when you take more medications. 2 out of 3 Canadians (66%) over the age of 65 take at least 5 different prescription medications.

What percentage of the population takes prescription drugs?

Forty-four percent of all Americans take at least 1 prescription medication, and 17% take 3 or more medications. The proportion of Americans taking at least 1 medication increased 13% between 1988 to 1994 and 1999 to 2000.

What is the #1 prescribed drug?

— The thyroid drug Synthroid continues to be the nation’s most-prescribed medication.

What is the most prescribed drug?

The Top 10 Most Common Drugs by Total PrescriptionsMetformin: 78.6 Million Prescriptions. … Amlodipine: 72.5 Million Prescriptions. … Metoprolol: 68 Million Prescriptions. … Omeprazole: 58.8 Million Prescriptions. … Simvastatin: 56.7 Million Prescriptions. … Losartan: 52 Million Prescriptions. … Albuterol: 50 Million Prescriptions.More items…•

How many prescriptions does the average person have?

The average number of prescriptions per capita in the U.S. was, on average, 12.2 per capita in 2013. Trends indicate that the number of prescriptions per capita increases with age. Those aged 65-79 years utilize, on average 27.3 prescriptions per year.