Nitrofurantoin (Furadantin) Medicare Coverage

Nitrofurantoin
Chemical name: Nitrofurantoin

Brand name: Furadantin, Macrodantin

Typical dosage: 100mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Nitrofurantoin is a medication used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is available as a brand name or a generic and comes as an oral capsule or oral liquid.

Nitrofurantoin is the generic form of the antibiotic Macrobid. Other brand name equivalents include Furadantin and Macrodantin.

Nitrofurantoin is used to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections and is also used to prevent urinary tract infections in people who get them very often. Nitrofurantoin kills bacteria in the urine to help urinary tract infections heal and to prevent more from happening.

Major side effects of Nitrofurantoin include upset stomach, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, dizziness, upset stomach, diarrhea and urine color changes.

Does Medicare cover Nitrofurantoin or Furadantin?

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

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Average costs for Nitrofurantoin 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.
$5 – $291 Free – $239

Additional information

You should take Nitrofurantoin with food. Take Nitrofurantoin for as long as your doctor has prescribed to fully treat the infection, even if you begin to feel better.  Do not take antacids with magnesium trisilicate while taking Nitrofurantoin.

People have experienced hair loss while taking Nitrofurantoin. This goes back to normal when the drug is stopped.

You may notice urine color changes while taking Nitrofurantoin as it can turn the urine brown. This is normal and is not indicative of a problem.

Call your doctor if you have very bad diarrhea, as Nitrofurantoin can cause a more serious infection called c. diff associated diarrhea. Call your doctor if you have stomach pain, cramps, loose stools or bloody stools.

 

 

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.