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the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the U.S.

Hydrocodone with acetaminophen

Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Norco --an analgesic used to treat mild to moderate pain -- 131.2 million prescriptions (#1)


Generic Zocor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug -- 94.1 million prescriptions (#2)


Generic Prinivil and Zestril, a blood pressure drug -- 87.4 million prescriptions (#3)


Generic Synthroid, synthetic thyroid hormone -- 70.5 million prescriptions (#4)


Generic Norvasc, an angina/blood pressure drug -- 57.2 million prescriptions (#5)


Generic Prilosec, an antacid drug -- 53.4 million prescriptions (does not include over-the-counter sales) (#6)


Generic Z-Pak and Zithromax, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections (e.g. ear, skin) -- 52.6 million prescriptions (#7)


Amoxil, Trimox (various brand names), an antibiotic used to treat ear and bladder infections -- 52.3 million prescriptions (#8)


Generic Glucophage, a diabetes drug -- 48.3 million prescriptions (#9)


Hydrochlorothiazide (various brand names), a water pill used to lower blood pressure -- 47.8 million prescriptions.(#10)

To which drug class does the most prescribed drug belong?

The most prescribed drug - hydrocodone w/apap - is an analgesic.

How many of the ten most dispensed drugs are cardiovascular agents?

Four of the ten most dispensed medications in the United States are cardiovascular agents: HCTZ, lisinopril, simvastatin, and amlodipine.

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