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Does Medicare Cover Nuedexta?

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By Daniel Petkevich
Nov 30, 2022

Most people will have coverage, see how to make sure

For Medicare beneficiaries seeking treatment for PBA, knowing that you have coverage can offer peace of mind. Luckily, most Medicare Part D plans will offer coverage for Nuedexta. Read more to learn about Medicare coverage and potential restrictions on coverage.

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What is PBA?

Pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden uncontrollable laughing and/or crying episodes. Other symptoms associated with PBA include unpredictable emotional outbursts, poor impulse control, and cognitive changes, including memory problems.

What is Nuedexta and how does it work?

Nuedexta is an FDA-approved medication used to treat PBA in adults. It is a combination of two drugs: dextromethorphan and quinidine, which work together to regulate the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with PBA.

How common is PBA?

The estimate is that between 2 million and 7 million Americans are affected by PBA. While it can affect anyone, those with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease are particularly prone to developing the disorder.

How common is Nuedexta use among people with pseudobulbar affect?

Nuedexta is the only FDA-approved medication indicated for treating pseudobulbar affect. As a result, it is the most commonly prescribed treatment option for those with PBA.

What are the side effects of Nuedexta?

As with any medication, there are potential side effects associated with Nuedexta. Common side effects include dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, cough, and vomiting. These effects usually subside over time as the body adjusts to the medication.

Is there a cure for pseudobulbar affect?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for pseudobulbar affect. However, with the right treatment plan, symptoms can be managed. The most effective way to manage PBA is with Nuedexta in combination with counseling or therapy.

Does Medicare cover Nuedexta?

Yes, about 99% of Medicare Part D plans cover Nuedexta. However, coverage and restrictions can vary depending on the plan. It’s best to check your Part D formulary to see if Nuedexta is included. Don't forget to speak to your provider directly to determine your specific coverage.
The average tier rating for Nuedextra is Tier 3. Most plans have five tiers, with the price increasing as the tiers go higher. Your cost for Nuedexta will also be determined by which coverage phase you are in.

Are there any restrictions on Medicare coverage for Nuedexta?

Yes, Medicare Part D plans may impose certain restrictions on coverage for Nuedexta. These restrictions can include prior authorization requirements and specific dosage limits. It’s best to speak to your provider directly to determine the coverage details of your plan.

How to get help paying for Nuedextra if you have Medicare

If you have Medicare and need help paying for Nuedexta, there are several options available to you. These include prescription discount cards, manufacturer coupons, government assistance programs, and other cost-saving strategies. It’s best to speak with your provider or pharmacist to determine which option is right for you.


Medicare typically covers Nuedexta for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect. However, coverage and restrictions can vary depending on the plan. To find out more about your potential coverage, talk to your provider or pharmacist. Of course, check with your doctor before you decide to start or stop taking any medication (including Nuedexta). This content is for informational purposes only. For an

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