Atrovent (Ipratropium) Medicare Coverage

Atrovent
Chemical name: Ipratropium

Brand name: Atrovent

Typical dosage: 15ml of 0.06%

Typical type: Nasal spray1

Atrovent is a medication used to treat allergies and common colds. Atrovent is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as a nasal spray.

Atrovent is a medication that contains the active ingredient Ipratropium. It is used to treat seasonal allergies, chronic allergies and common colds.

Atrovent works in the nasal passages to block mucous production and clear the airways. It comes as a nasal spray that is typically used 2-3 times daily.

Common side effects of Atrovent include nose or throat irritation, dry nose, headache and common cold symptoms.

Does Medicare cover Atrovent or Ipratropium?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Atrovent, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover generic Ipratropium.

  • 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 Ipratropium.

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Average costs for Ipratropium 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

For chronic allergies, Atrovent may be used for a long time. Atrovent is only used for up to 4 days for common colds, and only up to 3 weeks for seasonal allergies.

Before using for the first time, prime the nasal spray by spraying around 7 sprays away from yourself or others. Repeat the priming step if the spray hasn’t been used in 7 days or more.

Blow your nose before using. Be sure to follow the directions that come with the medication and use as directed by your doctor.

 

 

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.