Lovastatin (Mevacor) Medicare Coverage

Lovastatin
Chemical name: Lovastatin

Brand name: Mevacor

Typical dosage: 40mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Lovastatin is a medication used for the treatment of high cholesterol. Lovastatin is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an immediate release or extended release tablet.

Lovastatin is a medication used for the treatment of high cholesterol. The brand name equivalent of Lovastatin is called Mevacor.

Lovastatin is usually taken once daily. Your doctor may continuously adjust your dose to adequately control your blood cholesterol.

Lovastatin blocks an enzyme in your body that creates cholesterol, helping lower your cholesterol. Common side effects of Lovastatin include headache, back pain and flu-like symptoms.

Does Medicare cover Lovastatin or Mevacor?

Yes! 99% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Lovastatin.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 Lovastatin.

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Average costs for Lovastatin 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– $15 Free – $15

Additional information

You should take Lovastatin at bedtime or with your evening meal.

Lovastatin helps lower cholesterol, but you won’t be able to feel its beneficial effects. It is important to take Lovastatin as your doctor has prescribed, even if you don’t feel it working.

Lovastatin can lead to a serious muscle problem. Let your doctor know if you experience any muscle pain, tenderness or unusual weakness. This muscle issue can lead to kidney problems if left untreated.

Liver problems can also happen while taking Lovastatin. Let your doctor know if you experience stomach pain, dark urine, loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting or yellow skin or eyes.

 

 

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. Lovastatin. Retrieved Sep. 2019, from www.goodrx.com/lovastatin.

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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