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Baby Boomers' 14 Least Favorite Drug Brands: Ranked

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Baby boomers are currently one of the oldest demographics. For this reason, they’re also some of the most familiar with medications. But with so many choices, some brands just don’t have much popularity!

Below, we’ve listed the least popular drug brands according to Baby Boomers. We’ve ranked these in a countdown style, with the worst-liked drug at the end. We pulled popularity data for each of these brands from YouGov and then ranked them accordingly. We’ve also included a popularity score, which is the percentage of Baby Boomers who like the drug.

We suspect that you’ll be surprised by one (or two) of these brands!

Why We’re Covering This

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Baby Boomers represent a significant portion of medication users, and their brand preferences can influence the success of pharmaceutical companies. If a company’s drugs are unpopular with this demographic, it could be a sign of future financial struggles for that company. This information can be useful when choosing where to invest your money!

14. Relpax

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This medication is largely used to treat migraine headaches.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 5%

Relpax is a migraine medication that has a surprisingly low popularity score with Baby Boomers. Like many migraine medications, this drug doesn’t work for everyone‘s migraine, and it can have some pretty harsh side effects.

13. Air Optix

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These contacts just aren’t popular with the older crowd!
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 5%

Air Optix is the least popular contact lens brand, according to Baby Boomers. Boomers may lean more towards traditional glasses, which may also be a reason this brand is rated so low.

12. Natrol

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Natrol is most famous for its melatonin supplement, which helps with sleep.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 5%

Natrol isn’t a specific drug but a brand that makes vitamins and other supplements. They’re particularly known for their sleep aid products, including melatonin. This medication may be popular with those who prefer more natural solutions. However, it appears that many Baby Boomers prefer other supplements.

11. Sanofi

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Sanofi is located in France, where they are a major maker of medication.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 4%

Sanofi is a major French pharmaceutical company headquartered in pairs. They develop and sell medication and other healthcare products. They are a key player in the healthcare industry, so many boomers will rely on their medication and treatments at some point.

10. Zomig

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Migraines affect many people annually, which is one reason there is so many medications to treat them!
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 4%

Zomig is an effective migraine medication. Sadly, it also has a range of other side effects, like nausea and dizziness. These can be off-putting for anyone, including Boomers. Plus, there are many more effective drugs out there today to choose from.

9. Aricept

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Sadly, there are no Alzheimer’s drugs that are exceptionally effective.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 4%

This Alzheimer’s drug is one of the less desirable options out there due to its high cost. However, it is one of the few drugs on the market for Alzheimer’s, though it does not halt the progression of the illness completely.

8. Rituxan

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This drug is used to treat both arthritis and some cancers.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 4%

Rituxan is used to treat certain cancers and rheumatoid arthritis. This medication can have some pretty serious side effects, though, such as lowered immunity. These can be understandable concerns for Boomers.

7. Eylea

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Let’s be honest! No one likes eye injections.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 4%

For those with macular degeneration, Eylea can help prevent progression. However, this medication must be regularly injected into the eye, which isn’t a happy proposition, to say the least. While it is effective, many patients dislike the delivery method.

6. Avodart

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It’s likely the side effects of this medication that cause it to be rated so low.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 3%

This medication’s main purpose is to shrink the prostate. However, it also has several side effects that may be the cause of its lower score. Like with many medications on this list, it is necessary for many Boomers, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it.

5. ClariSpray

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This nasal spray delivers steroids quickly to the blood stream.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 3%

This steroid nasal spray can be utilized for a range of purposes. It can have several side effects, though, like nosebleeds and headaches. These side effects may be why it was scored so much lower than other medications.

4. Frova

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For more severe headaches, this medication is sometimes utilized.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 3%

Frova is a common headache medication. Around 10% of Boomers reported hearing about it, though it received a very low popularity score! Its potential for drowsiness and dizziness may be unattractive for many.

3. Strattera

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This is an older medication for ADHD.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 3%

This ADHD medication is also well-known among Boomers. 15% of those surveyed had heard of this medication. However, it has a very low rating, perhaps because of the side effects! It’s also possible that Boomers simply prefer different ADHD medications.

2. Femara

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Cancer is never fun, which is likely why so many cancer drugs have low ratings.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 2%

Femara is one of those “necessary evil” drugs we’ve discussed. It’s effective against several types of cancer, but it does come with its own side effects. For instance, it can cause joint stiffness, which can be a problem when your joints are already stiff!

1. Revlimid

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The lowest drug on our list is another cancer medication.
  • Percentage of Baby Boomers with a favorable opinion: 1%

This cancer medication got the lowest popularity score—only 1%! This is likely due to its harsh side effects, like fatigue and mouth sores. More tolerable treatments are available today, though this medication is still sometimes utilized. For instance, it may be used when America runs out of other drugs.

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