Amlodipine (Amvaz/Norvasc) Medicare Coverage

Amlodipine
Chemical name: Amlodipine

Brand name: Amvaz, Norvasc

Typical dosage: 10mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Amlodipine is a medication typically used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. Amlodipine is available as a generic drug or as a name brand, and it’s typically taken as an oral tablet.

Amlodipine – also called amlodipine besylate – is a medication that is often given to treat high blood pressure. Amlodipine is the generic equivalent of brand name drugs called Amvaz and Novasc.

Amlodipine Is typically given once daily, but the dose depends on the extent of your high blood pressure and the severity of your chest pains. Amlodipine blocks calcium to help relax your blood vessels and ultimately lower your blood pressure.

The most common side effects patients experience with Amlodipine include feeling sleepy or weak, upset stomach and dizziness.

Does Medicare cover Amlodipine, Amvaz or Norvasc?

Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Amlodipine.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 Amlodipine.

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Average costs for Amlodipine 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 – $10 Free – $10

Additional information

Do not stop taking Amlodipine without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better after taking the medicine or don’t notice any difference. Amlodipine can help lower your blood pressure and help prevent heart attack and stroke, so you should not stop taking it suddenly without your doctor’s consent.

Dizziness is a common side effect with Amlodipine, but tell your doctor right away if it becomes severe or if you pass out.

Also contact your doctor if you experience new or worsening chest pain, a very rapid or abnormal heartbeat, swelling in your arms and legs or abnormal muscle movements.

 

 

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.

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1 GoodRx. Amlodipine. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/amlodipine.

2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.

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