Hydralazine (Apresoline/Dralzine) Medicare Coverage

Hydralazine
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.

Does Medicare cover Hydralazine or Dralzine?

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

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Average costs for Hydralazine 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– $558 Free – $558

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.

 

 

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.

Copyright © 2019 TZ Insurance Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.

1 GoodRx. Hydralazine. Retrieved Sep. 2019, from www.goodrx.com/hydralazine.

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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