Azelastine (Atepro/Optivar/Astelin) Medicare Coverage

Azelastine
Chemical name: Azelastine

Brand name: Atepro, Optivar, Astelin

Typical dosage: 30ml of 137mcg

Typical type: Nasal spray1

Azelastine is a medication used to treat allergies. Azelastine is available as a brand name drug or as a generic and comes as a nasal spray and an eye dropper.

Azelastine is a histamine blocker used to treat allergies. It is the generic version of brand name drugs Atepro, Optivar and Astelin.

Azelastine comes as a nasal spray inhaler that is used to treat systemic allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose. The eye drop version is used to treat allergy symptoms of the eye like itchiness and watery eyes. The nasal spray is used 1-2 times daily while the eye drop is used 2 times daily.

Azelastine blocks histamine in the body and prevents it from causing allergy symptoms.

Common side effects of the nasal spray include sleepiness, headache, cough, sneezing, nose or throat irritation, changes in taste, upset stomach, nosebleed, dry mouth, dizziness and weight gain.

Common side effects of the Azelastine eye drop include headache, burning or stinging of the eyes and a bad taste in your mouth.

Does Medicare cover Azelastine?

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

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Average costs for Azelastine 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.
$7 – $76 $7 – $52

Additional information

If you are using the Azelastine nasal spray, it Is best to point the nozzle away from the middle wall of the nose. Blow your nose before use and inhale the medication deeply with each spray.

If you are using the Azelastine eye drop, wash your hands before and after you use them. You should remove contact lenses before using the eye drop. You can put your contacts back in 10 minutes after you use the eyedrop.

Azelastine is typically well tolerated by people who take it. However, you should talk to your doctor if you have any changes in eyesight, eye pain or bad eye irritation while using the eye drop.

 

 

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.