Does Medicare Cover Ranitidine?

Christian Worstell
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  • Ranitidine is a type of H2 blocker used to reduce excess stomach acid to treat reflux and associated complications. Discover whether Medicare covers ranitidine.

Excess stomach acid can cause several unpleasant symptoms and potential complications, including peptic ulcers and esophagus damage. Fortunately, taking over-the-counter or prescription-strength H2 blockers helps many people control their symptoms and reduce the risk of conditions associated with too much stomach acid. 

You might have noticed the disappearance of ranitidine from your pharmacy's shelves, along with branded versions such as Tritec, Zantac and Zantac 75. Therefore, you may be wondering whether you can still get these medications by prescription and whether Medicare covers ranitidine.

What Is Ranitidine?

Until recently, famotidine, lansoprazole or cimetidine.

Does Medicare Cover Ranitidine?

Medicare doesn't cover ranitidine because it's no longer available in the United States. However, you may have coverage for an alternative H2 blocker if you have Medicare Part D (supplemental prescription drug coverage) or a Medicare Advantage policy with prescription drug benefits. 

For example, 100% of Medicare plans with drug coverage cover famotidine. You can find out which H2 blocker medications your plan covers by consulting your insurer's formulary (list of covered medications.)

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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