Zocor (Simvastatin) Medicare Coverage

Zocor
Chemical name: Simvastatin

Brand name: Zocor

Typical dosage: 20mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Zocor is a medication commonly used to treat high cholesterol. Zocor is available as a brand name drug and as a generic and comes as an oral tablet.

Zocor is a medication that contains the active ingredient Simvastatin. It is used to treat high cholesterol.

Zocor is typically taken once daily, but your dosage may depend on how high your cholesterol is.

Some common side effects of Zocor include upset stomach, digestive issues, aches and pains, headache, nausea and signs of a common cold.  

Does Medicare cover Zocor or Simvastatin?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Zocor, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover generic Simvastatin.

  • 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 Simvastatin.

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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 Zocor 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

High cholesterol increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Taking Zocor regularly returns your cholesterol to normal and decreases this risk.

You may  not be able to feel Zocor working, but it is important to continue taking it as instructed by your dotor, even if you feel fine.

If you experience excessive muscle spasms while taking Zocor, talk to your doctor before you stop taking it. It may be possible for your dose to be lowered or for you to try a different type of cholesterol-lowering medication.

 

 

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.