Ciprofloxacin (Cetraxal) Medicare Coverage

Ciprofloxacin
Chemical name: Ciprofloxacin

Brand name: Cetraxal, Cipro or Ciloxan

Typical dosage: 500mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. Cetraxal, Cipro and Cioxan are all brand name versions of the drug. It is typically a tablet, but it can also come as an oral liquid, eye drop and ear drop.

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic commonly used to treat bacterial infections such as urinary infections, bone and joint infections, eye infections, ear infections and more.

Ciprofloxacin is usually taken 2 to 3 times daily, depending on what type of infection is being treated. Ciprofloxacin blocks bacteria from reproducing, allowing the infection to heal.

Common side effects of Ciprofloxacin may include upset stomach, diarrhea and headache.

Does Medicare cover Ciprofloxacin or Cetraxal?

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

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Average costs for Ciprofloxacin 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.
$1 – $17 Free – $17

Additional information

Ciprofloxacin can be taken with or without food and should be taken with a full glass of water. If you experience an upset stomach, taking it with food can help. Do not take ciprofloxacin with dairy products like milk or yogurt.

Do not take ciprofloxacin 2 hours before or 6 hours after antacids or other products that contain magnesium, calcium, aluminum, iron, or zinc.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been associated with many different side effects including tendon problems, nerve pain, inability to focus, or memory problems or loss. Talk to your doctor if you have any severe side effects. Especially if you experience severe diarrhea, as it may be indicative of a more serious condition.

People often have allergic reactions to antibiotics. Tell your doctor if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including rash, itchiness, hives, wheezing, tightness in the chest or throat, trouble breathing, or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

 

 

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. Ciprofloxacin. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/ciprofloxacin.

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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