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Prescription Drug Coverage

Triamcinolone Acetonide (Kenalog) Medicare Coverage

Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans can cover certain medications, though plans that cover Triamcinolone may not be available where you live. Learn more about Triamcinolone and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Triamcinolone Acetonide
Chemical name: Triamcinolone Acetonide

Brand name: Kenalog, Nasacort AQ

Typical dosage: 15g of 0.1%

Typical type: Topical cream1

Triamcinolone acetonide is a medication in the form of a lotion or a dental paste typically used to treat a variety of skin conditions and oral lesions.

Triamcinolone acetonide is a medication that is used topically to treat a variety of skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis It is also used to treat ulcerative lesions or inflammation in the mouth.

Triamcinolone acetonide is a topical corticosteroid medication that has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and promote healing. The brand name equivalents of Triamcinolone acetonide include Kenalog and Nasacort AQ.

The most common side effects of this drug include burning, itching and dry skin.

How much does Triamcinolone cost with Medicare?

Triamcinolone 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 Triamcinolone?

According to GoodRx, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans didn't typically cover Triamcinolone in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover drugs 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 prescription drugs. 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 MyRxPlans.com.

Additional information

It is important to use this medication as you directed by your doctor, even if your skin gets better.

Use Triamcinolone acetonide product only on your skin. Wash and dry your hands before and after use, unless you are using this on your hands. For best results, put a thin layer on the affected area of skin and rub in gently.

If you are using the oral paste, use a cotton swab to place a thin layer of medication on the affected area. Try not to swallow the medication.

Prolonged use of Triamcinolone acetonide can predispose you to fungal or bacterial infections.

Topical steroids can be absorbed and can lead to high blood sugar or Cushing syndrome. Cushing syndrome signs include weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, bad headaches and slow healing.

Tell your doctor if your skin becomes worse or painful after applying this medication. Signs of an allergic reaction can include rash, hives, itching, or blistered and red skin.

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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. Triamcinolone. Retrieved November 2023, from www.goodrx.com/Triamcinolone/medicare-coverage.

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 15, 2023). Medicare Advantage 2024 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation. www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-2024-spotlight-first-look.