Ranitidine (Zantac) Medicare Coverage

Ranitidine
Chemical name: Ranitidine

Brand name: Zantac

Typical dosage: 150g

Typical type: Tablet1

Ranitidine is a medication used for the treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and peptic ulcer disease. Ranitidine is available as a brand name or a generic, and it comes as an oral tablet, oral syrup or oral capsule.

Ranitidine is the generic form of the brand name medication Zantac. Ranitidine is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and peptic ulcer disease.

Ranitidine is typically taken twice daily. Ranitidine blocks histamine (it is somethings known as an H2-blocker), which inhibits gastric acid from being created in the stomach.

The most common side effects of Ranitidine include headache, upset stomach, constipation, stomach pain and diarrhea.

Does Medicare cover Ranitidine or Zantac?

Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Ranitidine.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 Ranitidine.

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Average costs for Ranitidine 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 – $20 Free – $20

Additional information

Ranitidine can be given as a prescription by your doctor or can be bought over the counter from your pharmacy. You can take ranitidine with or without food. Take Ranitidine with food if your stomach is upset after taking it.

Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medications with Ranitidine. Ranitidine can potentially impact other drugs from being absorbed in your body.

Ranitidine can sometimes cause liver problems. Signs of liver problems include dark urine, fatigue, stomach upset or yellow skin and eyes. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these 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.