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Selling under brand names like Prinivil and Zestril, this ACE inhibitor is the most prescribed medication in the United States. It’s used for high blood pressure treatment and heart failure prevention to help improve survival after a heart attack. It makes sense, since heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing 650,000 people annually.
When Americans talk about the high cost of prescription drugs, examples include Atorvastatin, which is sold under the brand name Lipito r. It averages $218.51 at the pharmacy counter. This is a treatment to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.
This hypothyroidism treatment, sold under brand names like Levo-T, Synthroid, Euthyrox, and Levoxyl. Hypothyroidism affects 4.6% of the population ages 12 and up and can lead to a host of issues, from weight gain to depression.
More than 100 million patients in the U.S. are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC. Metformin is among the most commonly prescribed drugs for type 2 diabetes, selling under the brand names Glucophage, Fortamet, Glumetza, and Riomet.
Another one of the commonly prescribed medications for high blood pressure, chest pain, and coronary artery disease, this drug is a bit cheaper than alternatives, with an average cost of $27.34. Brand-name versions like Norvasc, Katerzia, and Amvaz may be more expensive, however.
Heart attacks are extremely common, and prescribed drugs like Lopresso and Toprol provide treatment for high blood pressure and chest pain as a treatment for heart failure. This medication is referred to as a beta blocker.
Gastrointestinal problems like reflux, ulcers, heartburn, and IBS are often treated by popular prescription drugs like Pril0sec, which uses 0meprazole as a key ingredient.
This is yet another of the popular medications used to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, this time by decreasing the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the “good” cholesterol (HDL).
People with a heart condition called left ventricular hypertrophy tend to be prescribed this medication, which is also used for treating high blood pressure. This prescription is a bit more expensive, though, at an average of $128.90.
Asthma affects 1 in 13 Americans. Asthma and other breathing issues like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are treated by albuterol inhalers, which come under the brand names Proair, Accuneb, Proventil, and Ventolin. Unfortunately, these necessary, common prescription drugs have risen in price, currently at an average of $53.75.