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Prescription Drug Coverage

Pletal (Cilostazol) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Cilostazol (generic Pletal). Learn more about Pletal and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Pletal
Chemical name: Cilostazol

Brand name: Pletal

Typical dosage: 100mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Pletal is a medication used to treat pain and numbness in the legs. Pletal is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Pletal is a medication that contains the active ingredient Cilostazol. Pletal is used to treat intermittent claudication, which includes symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling in the legs, usually due to blockages in the arteries.

It is typically taken twice daily and works by preventing platelets from sticking together in the blood.

Side effects of Pletal include dizziness, headache, diarrhea, upset stomach and nose or throat irritation.

How much does Cilostazol cost with Medicare Advantage plans?

Cilostazol 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 Advantage cover Cilostazol?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Cilostazol, the generic form of Pletal, in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Cilostazol 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 Cilostazol. We represent carriers such as Humana, Aetna, UHC, Anthem BCBS, Wellcare, Cigna Healthcare, and 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 MyRxPlans.com.

Additional information

You should take Pletal at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal. It may take several weeks of treatment to see the full benefits of Pletal.

This medication should not be used if you have a history of heart failure. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain, abnormal heartbeat, extreme dizziness or if you pass out.

Tell your doctor if you have any unusual signs of bleeding while taking Pletal such as vomit that looks like coffee grounds, blood in the urine or stool, more frequent bruising or any abnormal bleeding.

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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. Pletal. Retrieved October 2023, from www.goodrx.com/Pletal/medicare-coverage.

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation. www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-2023-spotlight-first-look.