Pregnancy Most Searched Health Condition In February

    April 10, 2008

The terms "pregnancy" and "cancer" were the two most frequently searched health conditions in February, receiving 8.8 million and 7.7 million search queries respectively according to comScore.

Other health conditions that were frequently searched in February include "flu" (1.8 million), depression also (1.8 million), followed by diabetes (1.7 million) and addiction (1.4 million).

ComScore also looked at the most commonly searched prescription brand name treatments and found that Chantix, a smoking cessation treatment, topped the list with more than 500,000 search queries. Adderall an ADHD treatment received 469,000 search queries followed by Viagra with 348,000 searches.

The most searched health condition, "pregnancy," is searched 17 times more often than the most popularly searched brand name, "Chantix." The second most searched term "cancer" had 1 million queries specific to the term "breast cancer."

"It’s not too surprising that some of the most common health conditions, such as diabetes, depression and flu, have made the list, but it’s interesting that these terms generate fewer searches than significantly less prevalent conditions like cancer and pregnancy," said Carolina Petrini, comScore senior vice president.

"A reason for this may be due to life-changing nature of a cancer diagnosis or a pregnancy." 

Most Commonly Searched Health Conditions
February 2008
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore, Inc.
Search Term                   Search Queries
Pregnancy                          8,841
Cancer                               7,718
Flu                                    1,824
Depression                        1,807
Diabetes                           1,758
Addiction                           1,407            
Herpes                              1,340
HIV                                     976
Anxiety                               910
Stroke                                872
HPV                                   861
Bipolar                                861
Cholesterol                          816
Headache                            763
Menopause                          667
Hepatitis                              614
Arthritis                               600
ADHD                                 573
Asthma                               569
Fibromyalgia                        551
Most Commonly Searched Prescription Brands
February 2008
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore, Inc.
Brand Name             Search Queries
Chantix                        507      
Adderall                       469
Viagra                          348
Ambien                        334
Lexapro                       274
Effexor                         264
Cymbalta                     235
Lyrica                          233
Seroquel                      198
Lipitor                          181
Prozac                         174
Cialis                           120
PaxiL                           119
Crestor                         119
Singulair                       114