Vigamox (Moxifloxacin) Medicare Coverage

Vigamox
Chemical name: Moxifloxacin

Brand name: Vigamox

Typical dosage: 3ml of 0.5%

Typical type: Eye drop

Vigamox is a medication used to treat eye infections. Vigamox is available as a brand name or as a generic drug and comes as an eye drop.

Vigamox is a medication that contains the active ingredient Moxifloxacin. Vigamox is used to treat an infection of the eye called bacterial conjunctivitis.

Vigamox stops bacteria in the eye from being able to form, which allows the infection to go away. It is used by placing 1 drop into the affected eye 3 times daily for 7 days total.

Vigamox is well tolerated but might have some eye-related side effects like eye irritation, short-term pain after use, dry eyes and increased tear production.

Does Medicare cover Vigamox or Moxifloxacin?

Although some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may not cover Vigamox, some plans may cover the generic version, Moxifloxacin.

  • 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 Moxifloxacin.

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Additional information

Vigamox should be used in the eyes only.

Complete the full 7 days of therapy unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If you stop using the eyedrop before you are supposed to, your infection may not heal and can get worse.

When you use Vigamox, wash your hands before and after use. Tilt your head backwards and drop drug into the affected eye. After the drop meets your eye, keep your eyes closed and put pressure on the inside of the eye for 1-2 minutes. Do not let the tip of the eyedrop touch the eye or skin.

Stop using Vigamox and call the doctor if you experience a change in eyesight, eye pain or very bad eye irritation.

 

 

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.