Aromasin (Exemestane) Medicare Coverage

Aromasin
Chemical name: Exemestane

Brand name: Aromasin

Typical dosage: 25mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Aromasin is a medication used to treat breast cancer. Aromasin is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Aromasin is a medication that contains the active ingredient Exemestane. It is used to treat advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women and is typically taken once daily.

Aromasin blocks cells from producing essential hormones, such as estrogen, to stop the growth of estrogen-dependent cancer cells.

Common side effects of Aromasin include headaches, hot flashes, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, muscle or joint pain, hair loss, fatigue, insomnia, sweating, back pain, dizziness and anxiety.

Does Medicare cover Aromasin or Exemestane?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Aromasin, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover generic Exemestane.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). Most Medicare Advantage beneficiaries (88 percent) are enrolled in MA-PDs.1

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Exemestane.

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Average costs for Exemestane with Medicare drug coverage

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in and the Medicare drug plan you have.

Deductible stage Typical copay stage
Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.

In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.

Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.

During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.

Additional information

Aromasin is typically reserved for advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women whose disease has progressed following tamoxifen therapy.

You should take your dose of Aromasin after a meal, and preferably at the same time each day.

Aromasin can increase your blood pressure. Be sure to watch for signs of high blood pressure including headache, dizziness or passing out.

Aromasin can lead to weaker bones and osteoporosis. This risk increases if it is used for a long time. This can increase the chance of broken bones. Talk to your doctor right away if you have bone pain.

 

 

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.

 

Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.