Savella (Milnacipran) Medicare Coverage

Savella
Chemical name: Milnacipran

Brand name: Savella

Typical dosage: 50mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Savella is a medication used to treat fibromyalgia. It is available as a brand name drug and typically comes as an oral tablet.

Savella is a medication that contains the active ingredient Milnacipran. It is used for the management of fibromyalgia.

Savella works by increasing norepinephrine and serotonin in the body to reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia. It is usually taken twice daily.

Common side effects of Savella include hot flashes, sweating, headache, upset stomach, constipation, dry mouth, dizziness and insomnia.

Does Medicare cover Savella or Milnacipran?

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

  • 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 Savella.

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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 Savella 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

Your doctor will likely have you start at a low dose of Savella and gradually increase your dosage over time.

Let your doctor know if you have a history of depression, suicidal thoughts or suicidal actions. Savella can increase the risk of these symptoms, especially in young adults. This medication is not approved to treat depression.

 

 

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.