Pletal (Cilostazol) Medicare Coverage

Pletal
Chemical name: Cilostazol

Brand name: Pletal

Typical dosage: 100mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Pletal is a medication used to treat pain and numbness in the legs. Pletal is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Pletal is a medication that contains the active ingredient Cilostazol. Pletal is used to treat intermittent claudication, which includes symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling in the legs, usually due to blockages in the arteries.

It is typically taken twice daily and works by preventing platelets from sticking together in the blood.

Side effects of Pletal include dizziness, headache, diarrhea, upset stomach and nose or throat irritation.

Does Medicare cover Pletal or Cilostazol?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Pletal, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans in your area may cover Cilostazol.

  • 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 Cilostazol.

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You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit MyRxPlans.com.

Average costs for Cilostazol 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

You should take Pletal at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal. It may take several weeks of treatment to see the full benefits of Pletal.

This medication should not be used if you have a history of heart failure. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain, abnormal heartbeat, extreme dizziness or if you pass out.

Tell your doctor if you have any unusual signs of bleeding while taking Pletal such as vomit that looks like coffee grounds, blood in the urine or stool, more frequent bruising or any abnormal bleeding.

 

 

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.