Prescription Drug Coverage

Timoptic (Timolol) Medicare Coverage

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

Brand name: Timoptic

Typical dosage: 5ml of 0.5%

Typical type: Eye drop1

Timpotic is a medication used to treat eye pressure. Timoptic is available as a brand name drug or as a generic and comes as an eye gel and an eye drop.

Timoptic is a medication that contains the active ingredient Timolol. It is used to treat increased pressure within the eye.

Timoptic works in the eye to reduce fluid production and decrease pressure. It is typically used once daily in the morning.

Common side effects of Timoptic include burning, stinging, eye irritation, headache, dizziness and signs of a common cold.

How much does Timolol cost with Medicare?

Timolol 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 Timolol?

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

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Timolol 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 2024 Medicare Advantage plans include 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 Timolol. 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

Elevated eye pressure (intraocular pressure) is typically due to an excess of fluid in the eye. This can cause permanent vision loss and glaucoma.

Use Timoptic in the eye only. Keep using Timoptic as directed by your doctor, even if your eye pressure returns to normal. Try using this medication at the same time every day.

Take out contact lenses before using. Contact lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after using the medication. Tilt your head back and drop Timoptic into the eye. Keep eyes closed after using.

If you use other eye drops, separate them by at least 5 minutes apart. Tell your doctor if you have an eye infection, eye injury or if you plan on having eye surgery in the future.

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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. Timoptic. Retrieved November 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 15, 2023). Medicare Advantage 2024 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.