There are so many prescribed drugs in the world for a countless number of varying conditions. In fact, many have found themselves questioning if these drugs are actually being over-prescribed by medical professionals or if they are simply just doing their jobs and assisting their patients in coping with their ailments. When one looks at the incredibly large numbers of the top prescribed drugs in the world each year, the numbers are in fact, quite striking.
47.8 million is the number of prescriptions of Hydrochlorothiazide that is prescribed to people per year. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (or water pill) that is used to treat high blood pressure, by way of preventing your body from absorbing too much salt, which then leads to water retention within the body. The medication can be used on its own or in addition to other prescribed medications.