Prescription Drug Coverage

Hydralazine (Apresoline/Dralzine) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Hydralazine, Dralzine or Apresoline. Learn more about Hydralazine and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Hydralazine

Brand name: Dralzine, Apresoline

Typical dosage: 25mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Hydralazine is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. Hydralazine is available as a generic medication or a brand name and comes as an oral tablet.

Hydralazine is a medication used to reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure. The brand name equivalents of Hydralazine include Apresoline and Dralzine.

Hydralazine is typically taken up to 4 times daily. Hydralazine works to relax your blood vessels to help reduce your blood pressure.

Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite and upset stomach.

How much does Hydralazine cost with Medicare?

Hydralazine coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Hydralazine?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Hydralazine in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Hydralazine include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.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 Hydralazine. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

Hydralazine helps lower your blood pressure, an effect you won’t be able to feel. Do not stop taking your Hydralazine, even if you feel fine.

In high doses, Hydralazine has shown to potentially cause lupus. Talk to your doctor if you experience symptoms like a rash on the cheeks or other parts of the body, or if you experience increased sunburns, muscle pains, chest pain, shortness of breath or swelling in the arms and legs.

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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.

1 GoodRx. Hydralazine. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.