Altace (Ramipril) Medicare Coverage

Altace
Chemical name: Ramipril

Brand name: Altace

Typical dosage: 10mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Altace is a medication used to treat high blood pressure and prevent heart failure. Altace is available as a brand name or as a generic and comes as an oral capsule.

Altace is a medication that contains the active ingredient Ramipril. Altace is used to treat high blood pressure and to prevent heart failure after a heart attack. Altace is also used to reduce your risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.

Altace is an ACE inhibitor that blocks chemicals that increase your blood pressure. It helps your blood vessels relax, which lowers your blood pressure. It is typically taken 1-2 times daily.

Altace is typically well tolerated, but it can cause dizziness, headache, cough and sleepiness.

Does Medicare cover Altace or Ramipril?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Altace, 99% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Ramipril.1

  • 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.2

  • 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 Ramipril.

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Average costs for Ramipril with Medicare drug coverage1

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.

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.
Free – $16 Free – $16

Additional information

Try to take your dose of Altace at the same time of day. You can sprinkle the contents of the capsule on applesauce or in apple juice or a glass of water if you cannot swallow the capsule. Do not chew capsules.

Altace is an important medication to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. You may not be able to feel Altace working, but don’t stop taking Altace without talking to your doctor first.

Do not take Altace if you are pregnant or if you are planning to become pregnant in the near future. This medication can be fatal to an unborn baby.

 

 

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.