First Aid Drugs and Medicines: FSA Eligibility

First Aid Drugs and Medicines: eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

First aid drugs and medicines are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). First aid drugs and medicines are not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

What are first aid drugs and medicines?

First aid drugs and medications are Over-the-Counter (OTC) items commonly found in a first aid kit (or purchasable separately) that are used as a first aid response to an injury or accident. Examples of first aid drugs and medicines include aloe vera gel, calamine lotion, anti-diarrhea medication, laxatives, antacids, antihistamines, pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen and aspirin, and cough and cold medications, and hydrocortisone cream (Mayo Clinic).

Different types of first aid kits may have different combinations of first aid drugs and medicines in them. First aid drugs and medicines may also be purchased individually and combined as needed, or added to an existing first aid kit, to be prepared for whatever specific needs exist. First aid kits containing first aid drugs and medicines may be useful for specific activities such as beach leisure, camping, swimming, playing sports, household living, traveling, etc.

There is no singular definition or version of a first aid kit or a combination of first aid drugs and medicines that are considered universally necessary, though there are universally recommended staples which are affordable, easily acquired, and generally useful across a range of common incidents and applications. Consult online guides or ask a medical professional for guidance on the appropriate usage and quantities of first aid drugs and medicines for individual concerns (WebMD). 

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