Oxtellar (Oxcarbazepine) Medicare Coverage

Oxtellar
Chemical name: Oxcarbazepine

Brand name: Oxtellar

Typical dosage: 600mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Oxtellar is a medication used to treat seizures. Oxtellar is only available as a brand-name and comes as an extended release oral tablet.

Oxtellar is a brand-name medication that contains the active medicine Oxcarbazepine. It is used to treat focal onset seizures. It works by calming the nerves in the brain and decreasing excitation.

Oxtellar is typically taken once daily. Common side effects include headache, fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, feeling excited, changes in taste, insomnia, diarrhea and constipation.

Does Medicare cover Oxtellar or Oxcarbazepine?

Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans in your area may cover Oxtellar.

  • 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 Oxtellar.

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Average costs for Oxtellar 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

Avoid driving and doing other things that require your full attention until you know how Oxtellar affects you. Take your dose of Oxtellar on an empty stomach. Take at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

Oxtellar can lead to increased risk of thoughts or actions of suicide in those who take it. If you experience worsening depression or other negative mood changes, talk to your doctor right away.  

Skin problems can occur while taking Oxtellar. Signs of this skin problem may include peeling, red, blistered or swollen skin. Let your doctor know if you experience any of these symptoms or if you experience swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue or throat, as this is a serious side effect.

 

 

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.