Doxycycline Hyclate (Vibramycin) Medicare Coverage

Doxycycline Hyclate
Chemical name: Doxycycline Hyclate

Brand name: Acticlate, Vibramycin, Morgidox

Typical dosage: 100mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Doxycycline Hyclate is an antibiotic used to treat different types of infections and can help treat severe acne. Doxycycline is available as a brand name and as a generic drug. It typically comes as an oral capsule, but can also be an injection, liquid or tablet.

Doxycycline is an antibiotic that treats multiple infections, including urinary tract infections and dental, respiratory, skin and sexually transmitted infections, and more. It can also be used to treat acne and malaria.

The brand name equivalents of doxycycline hyclate iinclude Vibramycin, Acticlate, Morgidox, Periostat and Vibra-Tabs. Doxycycline stops the formation of bacteria in the body and kills bacteria where it already lives.

Your dose and duration of doxycycline will depend on what is being treated.

The most common side effects of doxycycline include loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Does Medicare cover Doxycycline Hyclate?

Yes! 98% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Doxycycline hyclate.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 Doxycycline hyclate.

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Average costs for Doxycycline Hyclate 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 – $76 Free – $72

Additional information

It is very important to take your full course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better. Stopping your antibiotics early can result in the failure to eradicate the infection completely.

Take doxycycline on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal and with a full glass of water, unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Avoid taking Pepto-Bismol, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, multivitamins with minerals or antacids within 2 hours of this medication.

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.

 

 

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. Doxycycline Hyclate. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/doxycycline-hyclate.

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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