Does Medicare Cover Citalopram?

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  • Citalopram is a prescription drug that helps alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Find out about Medicare coverage for Citalopram and average co-pays.

People with depression or anxiety may find that citalopram helps control associated symptoms, such as sadness, panic attacks and low energy. According to, 100% of Medicare prescription drug plans provide coverage for citalopram. Learn more about this drug and the potential costs under Medicare. 

What Is Citalopram?

Citalopram is a generic drug classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and may be prescribed to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety. This drug works by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain to stabilize mood, energy levels and sleep. You should tell your doctor if you're taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, as citalopram shouldn't typically be taken with this type of medication. 

This medication is dispensed in tablet form or liquid solution and may produce side effects, such as nausea, dry mouth and sexual dysfunction. Some individuals who have taken citalopram have reported an increase in thoughts or actions of self-harm. All potential side effects should be discussed with the prescriber prior to starting treatment. 

How Much Does Citalopram Cost With Medicare? 

If you have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, citalopram is typically found on Tier 1 of the formulary. Tier 1 medications typically have the lowest co-pays, which can range from $0 to $15 for a 30-day supply. Additional ways to save on citalopram costs include enrollment in Extra Help, filling a 90-day supply of medication and dual enrollment in Medicaid. 

Does Medicare Part B Cover Antidepressants? 

Medicare Part B covers outpatient services, such as doctor's office visits, outpatient lab tests and durable medical equipment. In limited circumstances, certain drugs administered in a doctor's office may be covered under Part B. Since antidepressants are taken at home and aren't administered by a professional in a medical setting, they aren't covered by Medicare Part B. 

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