Does Medicare Cover Dexedrine?

Christian Worstell
In this article...
  • Find out whether Medicare covers Dexedrine or its generic form, dextroamphetamine. Learn about alternatives and how to reduce the cost of this medicine.

Dexedrine is the branded version of dextroamphetamine. This medication is a stimulant that can be useful for treating conditions such as ADHD and narcolepsy. Keep reading to find out what kind of Medicare coverage is available for Dexedrine. 

What Is Dexedrine? 

Dexedrine is a branded version of dextroamphetamine. This medicine can help people stay alert and improve focus, and it's often used for treating ADHD. However, doctors also prescribe dextroamphetamine for sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy. 

Although Dexedrine and Adderall are similar, they aren't exactly the same. Adderall contains a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, making it a weaker stimulant than Dexedrine. However, both medications are used to treat many of the same conditions. 

Does Medicare Cover Dexedrine? 

Generally, no, Medicare doesn't cover Dexedrine. Medicare Part D drug plans don't usually cover Dexedrine, nor do most Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Part B may cover the medication if a doctor administers it in an inpatient setting. However, this is rare, as most uses for the medicine aren't associated with hospital stays. 

Although Medicare rarely covers brand-name Dexedrine, some plans may cover generic dextroamphetamine. If your plan doesn't cover any form of this drug, there may be other options for getting affordable medication. 

How Much Does Dexedrine Cost? 

Since Medicare generally doesn't cover Dexedrine, you can expect to pay around $189  for the medication. However, there may be ways to get this medicine for less if you need it. You can use a prescription drug discount plan or coupon to get the medication for less. Buying generic dextroamphetamine with a discount plan is often relatively inexpensive. 

Additionally, Medicare often covers other medications, such as Adderall, which treat the same conditions. Your doctor may be able to prescribe one of these medications instead. 

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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