Nardil (Phenelzine) Medicare Coverage

Phenelzine
Chemical name: Phenelzine

Brand name: Nardil

Typical dosage: 15mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Nardil is a medication used to treat depression. Nardil is available as a brand name or as a generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Nardil is a medication that contains the active ingredient Phenelzine. It is used to treat depression and is typically taken 3 times daily.

Nardil works by increasing levels of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin in the brain to improve symptoms of depression.

Common side effects of Nardil include headache, constipation, insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, upset stomach, weight gain and shakiness.

Does Medicare cover Nardil or Phenelzine?

While some Medicare plans may not cover Nardil, some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans in your area may cover Phenelzine.

  • 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.1

  • 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 Phenelzine.

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Average costs for Phenelzine with Medicare drug coverage

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in and the Medicare drug plan you have.

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.

Additional information

Foods like cheese and wine can cause sudden, severe high blood pressure when taking Nardil. Talk to your doctor about what foods to avoid while taking this medication.

If you stop taking Nardil, follow the recommended diet for at least 2 weeks after your last dose.

Nardil has increased the chance of suicidal thoughts in young adults who take it. This risk is very serious and is increased in people who have experienced suicidal thoughts in the past.

Talk to the doctor if symptoms of depression worsen or if you have suicidal thoughts. Nardil is not approved for use in children.

 

 

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.