Glipizide (Glucotrol) Medicare Coverage

Glipizide
Chemical name: Glipizide

Brand name: Glucotrol

Typical dosage: 10mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Glipizide is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. Glipizide is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet in immediate release and extended release formulations.

Glipizide is a medication used to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. The brad name equivalent of Glipizide is called Glucotrol.

Glipizide is typically taken 1 to 3 times daily. Your dose may be increased as needed until your blood sugar is more controlled.

Glipizide helps your pancreas release insulin, reduces how much sugar your liver releases into your body and increases your sensitivity to insulin.

Major side effects of glipizide include dizziness, diarrhea, low blood sugars, excitability and gas. 

Does Medicare cover Glipizide or Glucotrol?

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

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Average costs for Glipizide 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– $9 Free – $9

Additional information

If you are taking the immediate release tablet, take your dose 30 minutes before meals. If you are taking the extended release tablet, take with the first meal of the day.

Glipizide can cause low blood sugars. You can tell if your blood sugar is low if you experience symptoms such as shakiness, sweatiness, hunger, fatigue, dizziness, increased heartbeat, confusion or headache, or if your blood sugar readings are below 70 mg/dL.

If you experience low blood sugar while taking Glipizide, you can eat or drink 15g of carbohydrates, wait 15 minutes and recheck your blood sugar. If your blood sugar is still low, you can repeat the above.

If you experience many episodes of low blood sugar while taking Glipizide, talk to your doctor, as you may need an adjustment to your medications or doses.

 

 

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. Glipizide. Retrieved Sep. 2019, from www.goodrx.com/glipizide.

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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