10 most frequently prescribed drugs in 2015

Here is a list of the 10 most prescribed drugs in the U.S. for 2015, according to The Fiscal Times. The list — sorted by generic name, total prescriptions and indication — is based on data from IMS Health.

1. Levothyroxine: 121 million prescriptions — treats hypothyroidism

2. Lisinopril: 106 million prescriptions — treats high blood pressure and heart failure

3. Acetaminophen/hydrocodone: 97 million prescriptions — treats pain

4. Atorvastatin: 93 million prescriptions — treats high cholesterol

5. Metoprolol: 86 million prescriptions — treats high blood pressure, chest pain, heart failure

6. Amlodipine: 82 million prescriptions — treats high blood pressure, heart pain

7. Metformin: 80 million prescriptions — treats type 2 diabetes

8. Omeprazole: 77 million prescriptions — treats heart burn, gastroesophageal reflux disease

9. Albuterol: 70 million prescriptions — treats asthma

10. Simvastatin: 66 million prescriptions — treats high cholesterol, heart attack prevention

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