Top 10 Drugs Every Nurse Needs To Know

These are the most commonly prescribed drugs in America so hopefully you already know what they are. Now if we could only get them in more confusing doses…


The top 10 meds by number of monthly prescriptions are:

  1. Synthroid (levothyroxine), 21.5 million
  2. Crestor (rosuvastatin), 21.4 million
  3. Ventolin HFA (albuterol), 18.2 million
  4. Nexium (esomeprazole), 15.2 million
  5. Advair Diskus (fluticasone), 13.7 million
  6. Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine), 10.9 million
  7. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), 10.4 million
  8. Lyrica (pregabalin), 10.0 million
  9. Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium), 9.6 million
  10. Januvia (sitagliptin), 9.1 million


The top 10 meds by sales are:

  1. Humira (adalimumab), $8.2 billion
  2. Abilify (aripiprazole), $7.9 billion
  3. Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), $6.9 billion
  4. Crestor (rosuvastatin), $5.9 billion
  5. Enbrel (etanercept), $5.9 billion
  6. Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir), $5.3 billion
  7. Nexium (esomeprazole), $5.3 billion
  8. Advair Diskus (fluticasone), $4.7 billion
  9. Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine), $4.7 billion
  10. Remicade (infliximab), $4.6 billion


Written by Nurse Blake

Blake is a registered nurse and received his BSN from the University of Central Florida. He has worked in a number of healthcare roles throughout his career and has managed several injury prevention programs and started Banned4Life, which ended an outdated FDA blood donor policy. Today, Blake is an advocate for nurses and patients and encourages a healthy work environment. He is a writer, public speaker, and has been a paid contributor to the New York Times.

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