Does Medicare Cover Ofev?

Christian Worstell
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  • Ofev is a prescription medication that may help with breathing symptoms caused by scarring in the lungs. Find out more about this medication and whether Medicare covers it.

Ofev is the brand name for the medication nintedanib. Some healthcare providers prescribe this drug as a twice-daily 100 or 150 mg oral capsule to treat chronic lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis.

Your dosage may vary, so be sure to talk with your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescribed drugs.

Does Medicare Pay for Ofev?

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans with drug coverage or standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may cover Ofev. According to GoodRx, 100% of these types of Medicare drug plans cover Ofev.1

Your Medicare plan includes a formulary, which is a list of covered drugs, so be sure to search the formulary for Ofev. If you don't have your plan formulary or are comparing several plans, you can get help comparing drug lists by finding plans online or calling to speak with a licensed insurance agent.

You can consult your plan formulary see what medications your insurance covers and how much you have to pay. You must usually meet your out-of-pocket deductible before Medicare pays for treatments and medications.

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Talk to a licensed agent today to find a plan that fits your needs.

Why Do Doctors Prescribe Ofev?

Ofev prevents the production of fibrous cells in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic condition that results in lung scarring with no known cause, and another lung scarring condition called interstitial lung disease.

While these diseases have no cure, Ofev can help control their symptoms. Over time, the scarring makes it more difficult to breathe, leading to shortness of breath and fatigue. This medication is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, a type of drug that keeps scar tissue from forming. 

What Are the Side Effects of Ofev?

If you take this prescription medication, you may experience appetite changes, weight loss, stomach issues, diarrhea and headache. You can reduce these side effects by taking the medication with water and a meal. Do not stop taking Ofev without consulting your healthcare provider. 

You may experience excessive bleeding with minor injuries while taking this medication, so you should be careful about your activities. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs of abnormal bleeding or bruising, including nosebleeds, bleeding gums or blood in the stool, urine or vomit. 

Ofev may cause hypertension or high blood pressure. You should get emergency care if you notice dizziness, sudden intense headache, vision changes or passing out while taking this medication. Another possible side effect, liver issues, causes the eyes and skin to appear yellow. This symptom also requires medical attention.

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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