Prescription Drug Coverage

Methylprednisolone (Medrol) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Methylprednisolone or Medrol. Learn more about Methylprednisolone and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Methylprednisolone

Brand name: Medrol

Typical dosage: 4mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Methylprednisolone is a steroid medication used to treat many different diseases and inflammation. It is available as a generic or as a brand name medication and comes as an injection, liquid or oral tablet.

Methylprednisolone is a steroid medication used to control allergic reactions and to treat skin diseases, hormone disorders, eye disorders, stomach disorders, and more. It is also used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints and organs.

Your dose of Methylprednisolone will depend on what you are using it for.

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid that decreases inflammation, suppresses the immune system and can help control nausea in some situations. The brand name equivalent of Methylprednisolone is called Medrol.

The most common side effects of Methylprednisolone include upset stomach, vomiting, insomnia, restlessness, sweating, dizziness and headache.

How much does Methylprednisolone cost with Medicare?

Methylprednisolone 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 Methylprednisolone?

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

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Methylprednisolone 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 Methylprednisolone. 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

For the most benefit, and to reduce side effects, take Methylprednisolone with food or a glass of milk.

If you are taking Methylprednisolone once a day, take it in the morning to avoid insomnia.

Take this medication as directed by your doctor, even if you begin to feel better. Do not stop taking Methylprednisolone without talking to your doctor first. If you have used Methylprednisolone for a long period of time, your doctor may slowly take you off of it over time.

This drug may increase your chance for getting an infection. Wash your hands often and avoid people who are sick. Call your doctor if you have any new signs of infection including fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, cough or a wound that will not heal.

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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. Methylprednisolone. Retrieved October 2023, from

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