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DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL

Diphenhydramine is used to relieve red, irritated, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; and runny nose caused by hay fever, allergies, or the common cold. Diphenhydramine is also used to relieve cough caused by minor throat or airway irritation. Diphenhydramine is also used to prevent and treat motion sickness, and to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Diphenhydramine is also used to control abnormal movements in people who have early stage parkinsonian syndrome (a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance) or who are experiencing movement problems as a side effect of a medication. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

133K
Medicare Part D Claims
$1.33M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Puerto Rico 51,273 $270K
California 30,690 $195K
Florida 25,936 $91.6K
New York 16,137 $75.9K
Michigan 8,080 $50.2K
Pennsylvania 7,634 $47.9K
New Jersey 6,486 $40.4K
Georgia 5,924 $38.3K
Illinois 5,276 $46.3K
Texas 5,147 $55.3K
Ohio 4,570 $38.9K
North Carolina 4,351 $24K
Massachusetts 4,279 $19.3K
Louisiana 3,833 $18.5K
Arizona 3,454 $24.2K
Tennessee 3,407 $16.6K
Alabama 3,232 $14.6K
Kentucky 2,666 $12.9K
Minnesota 2,605 $13.5K
Virginia 2,420 $19.9K
Maryland 2,355 $17.2K
Wisconsin 2,235 $19.1K
Washington 2,137 $14.4K
Indiana 1,923 $12.3K
Missouri 1,711 $16.6K
South Carolina 1,661 $10.4K
District of Columbia 1,617 $5,793
Mississippi 1,421 $8,646
Hawaii 1,226 $5,007
Connecticut 1,185 $6,436
Oklahoma 1,021 $8,129
Maine 976 $4,389
West Virginia 900 $6,076
Iowa 865 $4,446
Arkansas 849 $4,993
Nevada 790 $10.9K
Oregon 746 $5,217
Kansas 717 $13.2K
Rhode Island 657 $3,927
Colorado 648 $11.2K
Nebraska 610 $3,856
Utah 457 $5,961
Alaska 450 $2,250
New Mexico 347 $2,005
Idaho 291 $12.1K
South Dakota 269 $1,243
Montana 235 $1,165
New Hampshire 185 $781
Delaware 170 $781
North Dakota 127 $795
Vermont 76 $345
Wyoming 55 $208
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »


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Top prescribers for DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
VALERIA MORALES M.D.

Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program

Claims Filled77

CHICAGO

Illinois

MARK RODGERS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled77

ARLINGTON

Texas

SARKIS AREVIAN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled76

LONG BEACH

California

RIGOBERTO RODRIGUEZ M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled75

MIAMI

Florida

CARL FOWLER MD

Emergency Medical Services

Claims Filled75

WATERFORD

Michigan

GARY KUSHNER MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled74

NORTH MIAMI BEACH

Florida

JAMES HOPFENBECK M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled73

SEATTLE

Washington

CARLA FRIDMAN

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled73

MIAMI

Florida

JEFFREY LIVINGSTON-CARR MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled73

SAN MATEO

California

GEORGETA DRANCEA N.P.

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled72

WESTMINSTER

California

KRISHNA VERMA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled72

WILSON

North Carolina

RANDALL AYBAR M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled72

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

California

PAUL KEELY MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled71

WAYNESVILLE

North Carolina

MAYLI RODRIGUEZ

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled71

HIALEAH

Florida

JOHN ALLEN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled70

LA MESA

California

FIDEL FERRADAS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled69

MIAMI

Florida

ADELO AQUINO MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled69

RULEVILLE

Mississippi

VICENTE LIM MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled68

ROSELLE

New Jersey

JACQUES ROY M.D.

Adult Medicine

Claims Filled68

DESOTO

Texas

ARDASHES MIRZATUNY M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled67

FRISCO

Texas

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled66

MIAMI

Florida

SULTAN SIMMS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled66

EAST POINT

Georgia

MARTA BETANCOURT

Family Medicine

Claims Filled66

HIALEAH

Florida

NICOLE GALLEGO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled65

MARGATE

Florida

HUMBERTO HERNANDEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled65

HIALEAH

Florida