Triamterene is a commonly used prescription medication that provides critical benefits for many individuals. This diuretic can help to improve kidney, liver, and brain functioning while lowering blood pressure. Triamterene is a drug that helps your body create and expel more urine. This drug is used to help your kidneys if they have difficulty filtering water out of the blood and sending it out of the body. Medicare recipients may be able to get help paying for their prescription medications, including Triamterene.
The kidneys are responsible for filtering blood and other fluid to remove harmful particles and excess water. The kidneys also have the ability to increase the amount of water cycling through the body as well. If your kidneys have a problem with expelling extra water in the body, it can cause edema, or swelling. Without intervention, excess fluid can lead to high blood pressure and severe health complications. The underlying cause of the edema may be kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, or heart failure.
If left untreated, kidney damage can lead to damage in other organs throughout the body, including the brain. If the brain becomes damaged due to high blood pressure or fluid retention, it can result in vision, clear thinking, loss of energy, dizziness, and more.
Taking Triamterene can help the kidneys function more normally, effectively, and efficiently. Improved kidney functions can also help eliminate many of the common side effects, such as difficulty breathing and swelling in the feet, ankles, stomach, or hands.
Medicare Can Help Pay for Triamterene
Typically, Medicare recipients have Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). Part A is responsible for covering inpatient costs, which can include care you receive when you are formally admitted into a hospital, hospice care, or skilled nursing facility. Medicare Part B helps cover medically necessary and preventive services, including services or medical supplies that are needed to help diagnose or treat medical problems. Part B preventive services, including annual exams and screenings, can be essential to early detection and treatment.
Part A and Part B benefits do not include any coverage for prescription medications that you would take at home. Medicare Part D is optional coverage that helps pay for medications that are prescribed by your physician. Most people enroll in Part D coverage when they are first eligible to avoid paying late enrollment penalties later on.
You can enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) if you have Original Medicare, or you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). Each PDP or MA-PD has its own formulary, or list of covered drugs, and costs can vary from plan to plan based on generic or brand name medications and whether you use a mail order or in-network pharmacy.