Requip (Ropinirole) Medicare Coverage

Requip
Chemical name: Ropinirole

Brand name: Requip

Typical dosage: 1mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Requip is a medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms and restless leg syndrome. Requip is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Requip is a medication that contains the active ingredient Ropinirole. It is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome.

Requip increases the levels of dopamine in the body, along with other neurotransmitters, in order to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It comes as an immediate-release tablet that is taken 3 times daily, or as an extended-release tablet that is taken one time daily.

Common side effects include upset stomach, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, sweating, dry mouth, joint pain, shakiness, anxiety and back pain.  

Does Medicare cover Requip or Ropinirole?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Requip, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover generic Ropinirole.

  • 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 Ropinirole.

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Average costs for Ropinirole 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 are taking Requip for restless leg syndrome, the immediate-release form is typically the prescribed version.

Requip can sometimes lower impulse control in people who take it. Let your doctor know if you have strong urges that are hard to control, such as overeating, gambling, spending money or other harmful habits.

Also talk to your doctor if you become confused, if your behavior changes or if you have hallucinations or mood changes.  

Watch for signs of low blood pressure such as extreme headaches, dizziness or changes in eyesight.

Urinary tract infections can also happen while taking Requip. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include pain or burning while passing urine, passing urine more often or pelvic 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.