Does Medicare Cover Amantadine?

Christian Worstell
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  • Created for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and the prevention of flu symptoms, amandatine is an antidyskinetic. Learn whether Medicare covers this drug.

Individuals suffering from Parkinson's disease often struggle with symptoms such as rigid muscles, tremors, and speech and writing difficulties.

Amantadine helps control the movement problems caused by Parkinson's disease and certain drugs used to treat it and is sometimes also prescribed to prevent symptoms of influenza A. Approximately four out of five Medicare plans cover this drug. 

Drug Information for Amantadine 

Amantadine is prescribed to help control involuntary muscle movements caused by Parkinson's disease. It works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the body. When prescribed for influenza A, amantadine helps stop the spread of the virus throughout the body.

This drug is usually taken once or twice daily in capsule or tablet form but is also available in a liquid. People prescribed this drug for Parkinson's disease may begin on a lower dosage, and their doctor may gradually increase the dosage over time. 

Common side effects of amantadine include appetite changes, dry mouth, constipation and nausea. It's recommended that people who are taking amandatine avoid drinking alcohol.

For some people, this drug can lead to drowsiness and blurred vision, which makes operating a vehicle or machinery inadvisable. As with all other prescription medications, it's important to let your prescriber know what other drugs and supplements you're taking. 

How Much Does Amantadine Cost With Medicare? 

After the Medicare prescription drug deductible is satisfied, the cost of amantadine ranges from $1-$115, according to This drug is usually in Tier 2 of Medicare prescription drug plans, which means it is among lower-cost medication options. Medicare beneficiaries who receive extra help or other assistance in paying for drug costs may have no cost share for amantadine. 

What Is the Generic Drug for Amantadine? 

Amantadine is the generic form of a brand-name drug called Gocovri. Medicare beneficiaries can save a substantial amount of money by choosing generic drugs instead of brand-name medications. Additionally, generic drugs typically have fewer plan restrictions, such as prior authorization requirements, than their brand-name medications. For individuals prescribed amantadine for long-term use, filling the prescription for a 90-day supply or receiving it through the Medicare plan's mail order provider may result in additional savings. 

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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