Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) Medicare Coverage

Glycopyrrolate
Chemical name: Glycopyrrolate

Brand name: Robinul, Robinul Forte

Typical dosage: 1mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Glycopyrrolate is a medication used to reduce chronic drooling and other secretions, increase heart rate and to treat peptic ulcers. Glycopyrrolate is available as a brand name or generic and comes as an injection, an oral liquid and an oral tablet.

Glycopyrrolate is a medication used to reduce chronic drooling, reduce other bodily secretions, increase heart rate, treat COPD, treat peptic ulcers and reverse the effects of some medications like muscle relaxants.

The brand name version of Glycopyrrolate include Robinul and Robinul Forte.

Glycopyrrolate is an anticholinergic that blocks the action of a chemical called acetylcholine in the muscles, secretory glands and in the brain. It reduces the rate of salivation by blocking the production of acetylcholine.

Glycopyrrolate may be taken 1-3 times daily. The inhaled version of Glycopyrrolate is used to treat COPD.

Common side effects of Glycopyrrolate include dry mouth, upset stomach, stuffy nose, dizziness, blurry eyes, fatigue, flushing, change in taste, headache and nervousness.  

Does Medicare cover Glycopyrrolate or Robinul?

Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover Glycopyrrolate.

  • 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 Glycopyrrolate.

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Average costs for Glycopyrrolate 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

If you take the liquid form of Glycopyrrolate, take it on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

If you experience constipation while taking Glycopyrrolate, let your doctor know. There are medications to help treat this side effect. If bright lights may start to bother your eyes after starting Glycopyrrolate, wear sunglasses to help.

In patients with COPD, Glycopyrrolate helps relax the muscle in the airway to improve breathing. The inhaled version of Glycopyrrolate can cause nose or throat irritation.

Talk to your doctor if your breathing becomes worse after using Glycopyrrolate.

 

 

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.