Carvedilol (Coreg) Medicare Coverage

Carvedilol
Chemical name: Carvedilol

Brand name: Coreg

Typical dosage: 25mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Carvedilol is a medication typically used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiac disorders. It is available as a brand name or as a generic drug and is an oral tablet.

Carvedilol is a beta-blocker. It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other cardiac disorders. The brand name equivalent of Carvedilol is called Coreg.

Carvedilol is usually taken 1 to 2 times daily, depending on the cardiac condition you are treating. Carvedilol works by blocking beta receptors in the heart. This helps relax your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure.

Major side effects of Carvedilol include fatigue, dizziness, diarrhea, weight gain, joint pain and upset stomach or vomiting.

Does Medicare cover Carvedilol or Coreg?

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

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Average costs for Carvedilol 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 – $15 Free – $15

Additional information

For the most benefit, take Carvedilol with food.

You may not be able to feel the benefit of Carvedilol immediately, but do not stop taking Carvedilol unless you are instructed to by your doctor.

You may feel dizzy while taking Carvedilol. If you experience extreme discomfort or pass out, talk to your doctor as your blood pressure may be too low.

If you have diabetes, test your blood sugar regularly and be aware of potential low blood sugar levels, even if you don’t feel symptoms. Carvedilol can mask the signs of low blood sugar.

 

 

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.

Copyright © 2019 TZ Insurance Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.

1 GoodRx. Carvedilol. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/carvedilol.

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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