Cialis (tadalafil) is a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. This smooth muscle relaxant is similar to Pfizer’s Viagra and Bayer’s Levitra; all three medications belong to the same drug class. Most ED drugs are not covered by insurance. In 2014, Levitra was dropped by Express Scripts and Caremark, two giant companies that handle pharmacy benefits. In 2016, Viagra have also been excluded in their list of covered drugs. In general, Medicare plans do not cover erectile dysfunction drugs including Cialis.
2018 formulary changes for erectile dysfunction drugs
- Still covers Cialis and generic Viagra (sildenafil)
- Excludes Levitra and Staxyn
- Levitra is being added back from non-preferred status
- Still covers Cialis
- Does not cover Viagra
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Eliquis (generic apixaban) is an anticoagulant or blood thinner medication that delays the clotting of blood. It is approved by the US FDA in 2014 to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and prevent their recurrence. It is also used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in people who have atrial fibrillation.
What are blood thinners?
Blood thinners are prescription medications that prevent the formation of blood clots. It is also helpful in preventing existing clots from getting larger. Blood clots are dangerous; they usually form in the arteries, veins, and heart that can lead to blockages, heart attack, and stroke. There are two types of blood thinner medications: anticoagulant and antiplatelet. Eliquis belong to the anticoagulant type, specifically direct oral anticoagulant class, or DOAC.
Since mid-1950s, warfarin has been the mainstay of anticoagulant therapies. It belongs to the class of vitamin K antagonists (VKA) that blocks the circulatio ...