Levofloxacin (Levaquin/Quixin) Medicare Coverage

Levofloxacin
Chemical name: Levofloxacin

Brand name: Levaquin, Quixin

Typical dosage: 500mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Levofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections. It is available as a brand name and as a generic, and comes as an oral tablet, oral liquid, eye drop or ear drop.

Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic commonly used to treat infections such as urinary infections, bone and joint infections, eye infections, ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and more. The brand name equivalents of Levofloxacin include Levaquin and Quixin.

Levofloxacin is usually taken 2 to 3 times daily, depending on the type of infection being treated. Levofloxacin blocks bacteria from reproducing, allowing the infection to heal.

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

Does Medicare cover Levofloxacin, Levaquin or Quixin?

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

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Average costs for Levofloxacin 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 – $51 Free – $51

Additional information

It is very important to take your full course of antibiotics, even if your infection seems to improve and you feel better. Don’t stop taking Levofloxacin early without your doctor’s instruction.

Levofloxacin can be taken with or without food. Some antibiotics can cause an upset stomach. If you experience stomach pain or similar symptoms, trying taking levofloxacin with food.

Take Levofloxacin 2 hours before or 6 hours after antacids or other products that contain magnesium, calcium, aluminum, iron or zinc.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been associated with many different side effects including tendon problems, nerve pain, inability to focus or memory loss. Talk to your doctor if you have any severe side effects, especially if you experience extreme diarrhea.

People often have allergic reactions to antibiotics. Tell your doctor if you experience signs of an allergic reaction such as skin rashes or swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue.

 

 

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. Levofloxacin. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/levofloxacin.

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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