Clindamycin (Cleocin/Cleocin T/Evoclin) Medicare Coverage

Clindamycin
Chemical name: Clindamycin

Brand name: Cleocin T, Evoclin, Cleocin

Typical dosage: 300mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat different types of infections. Clindamycin is available as a brand name or a generic, and it typically comes as a capsule, an injection or a liquid and can be used topically.

Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat infections, including bone and joint infections, genital infections, stomach and intestine infections, respiratory infections and skin infections. The brand name equivalents of Clindamycin include Cleocin, Cleocin T and Evoclin.

Your dose of Clindamycin will depend on what type of infection you are treating. Clindamycin stops the creation of bacteria in your body, allowing the infection to heal.

Common side effects of Clindamycin include stomach pain, diarrhea and the development of a bad taste in your mouth.

Does Medicare cover Clindamycin or Cleocin?

Yes! 99% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Clindamycin.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 Clindamycin.

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Average costs for Clindamycin 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.
$2 – $20 Free – $20

Additional information

It is important to take Clindamycin as you have been told by your doctor. Do not stop taking Clindamycin without your doctor’s approval, even if you feel better.

You can take Clindamycin with or without food, but food can help if it gives you an upset stomach. Take Clindamycin capsules with a full glass of water.

While Clindamycin can cause diarrhea, a severe form of diarrhea called c. diff-associated diarrhea can occur from taking this medication. Call your doctor if you have stomach pain or very loose, watery or bloody stools.

 

 

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.