Urso Forte (Ursodiol) Medicare Coverage

Urso Forte
Chemical name: Ursodiol

Brand name: Urso Forte

Typical dosage: 500mg

Typical type: Tablet

Urso Forte is a medication used to dissolve gallstones and treat primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Urso Forte is available as a brand name or generic and comes as an oral tablet.

Urso Forte is a medication that contains the active ingredient Ursodiol. Urso Forte is used to treat an autoimmune liver condition called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) in adults, children and infants. It’s also used to break up gallstones.

Urso Forte blocks the enzyme in the liver that produces cholesterol to reduce cholesterol in the liver and bile. It is typically taken 2-4 times daily.

Common side effects of Urso Forte include headache, dizziness, back pain, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting, heartburn, muscle pain, signs of a common cold and hair loss.

Does Medicare cover Urso Forte or Ursodiol?

Although some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may not cover Urso Forte, some plans may cover the generic version, Ursodiol.

  • 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 Ursodiol.

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Additional information

Take each dose of Urso Forte with food.

You may be at a higher risk of getting a urinary tract infection while taking Urso Forte. Tell your doctor if you experience burning or pain when going to the bathroom, if you feel the need to urinate often or if you experience fever, stomach pain 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.