Metoprolol Tartrate (Lopressor) Medicare Coverage

Metoprolol Tartrate
Chemical name: Metoprolol Tartrate

Brand name: Lopressor HCT

Typical dosage: 50mg/25mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Metoprolol tartrate is a medication typically used to treat high blood pressure. It is available as a brand name or as a generic and is an oral tablet.

Metoprolol Tartrate is a medication with heart protective properties that is used to treat high blood pressure. The brand name equivalent of Metoprolol Tartrate is called Lopressor HCT.

Metoprolol is usually taken 1 to 2 times daily. It is a diuretic and a beta blocker that works by blocking beta receptors in the heart. This helps relax your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure. The diuretic aspect of Metoprolol Tartrate helps decrease blood pressure by increasing the flow of urine.

Some of the side effects of Metoprolol Tartrate can include dizziness, diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting. It can also make you more sensitive to the sun.

Does Medicare cover Metoprolol Tartrate or Lopressor?

Yes! 96% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Metoprolol Tartrate.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 Metoprolol Tartrate.

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Average costs for Metoprolol Tartrate 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 – $65 Free – $65

Additional information

You may not immediately feel the benefit of metoprolol, but you should not stop taking metoprolol tartrate unless you are instructed to by your doctor. Stopping metoprolol abruptly can cause extreme side and could lead to serious heart problems.

It is best to take metoprolol tartrate just after you eat or with a meal.

If you have a lot of dizzy episodes or feel faint while taking metoprolol, talk to your doctor. Your blood pressure may be too low.

Metoprolol can mask the signs of low blood sugar. If you have diabetes, test your blood sugar regularly and take the proper steps if your blood sugars are low, even if you don’t feel symptoms.

 

 

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.