Increasing Use of Prescription Drugs in the U.S.
Eight of the 10 most commonly used drugs in 2011-2012 are used to treat components of the cardiometabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Researchers note that the increase in use of several medications may reflect the growing need to treat obesity related complications. Use of antidepressants also increased from 7 percent in 1999-2000 to 13 percent in 2011-2012. The most commonly used individual drug was simvastatin, a medication used to treat high cholesterol. Simvastatin was used by 8 percent of the adult population in 2011-2012, up from 2.0 percent in 1999-2000.
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