Viibryd (Vilazodone) Medicare Coverage

Viibryd
Chemical name: Vilazodone

Brand name: Viibryd

Typical dosage: 40mg

Typical type: Tablet

Viibryd is a medication used to treat depression. Viibryd is only available as a brand-name drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Viibryd is a medication that contains the active ingredient Vilazodone. Viibryd is used to treat major depressive disorder.

Viibryd increases serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain to help improve major depression disorder and anxiety. It comes as an oral tablet that is taken once daily for 7 days.

Common side effects of Viibryd include insomnia, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness and headache.

Does Medicare cover Viibryd or Vilazodone?

Yes, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover Viibryd.

  • 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 Viibryd.

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Additional information

Take your daily dose of Viibryd with food. Try taking your dose in the morning if it causes you to have any sleeping problems.

Your dose of Viibryd should be slowly increased.

Viibryd comes as a kit that will instruct you how to take the medication. Typically, you start by taking a 10mg tablet for 7 days, then increase to a 20mg tablet once daily. Your doctor can increase your dose to 40mg after 7 days for full benefit if needed.

Do not take more than your doctor directs you to, and follow instructions on increasing the dose. Increasing the dose too soon could increase your risk of experiencing side effects.

Suicidal thoughts can be increased in young adults who take Viibryd.  It is important to be aware of this risk and get help right away if your depression gets worse or you have other negative mood changes like panic attacks or nervousness.

If any suicidal thoughts or actions occur, tell your doctor right away.

Let your doctor know if you experience signs of bleeding, eye problems or any changes in balance, muscle twitching or seizures, as Viibryd can sometimes cause more serious conditions.

 

 

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.