Motion Sickness Medicine: FSA Eligibility

Motion Sickness Medicine: eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Motion sickness medicine is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Motion sickness medicine is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

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What is motion sickness medicine?

Motion sickness medicine is designed to treat motion sickness, which results from an imbalance in a person's visual sense of their orientation, versus their nervous-based sense of their orientation which is primarily fed by tiny assemblies in the inner ear, as well as touch sensations (MedicineNet.com).

Motion sickness is most common on boats, in cars, and on airplanes.

One of the most common motion sickness aids is called Dramamine, which reduces the symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Dramamine has several side effects such as drowsiness, headaches, blurred vision, tinnitus, mouth and respiratory passage dryness, and dizziness (WebMD).

Meclizine is another motion sickness medicine. It is an antihistamine and antiemetic that reduces nausea, and an antispasmodic that reduces muscle spasms. Meclizine reduces activity in the portion of the brain that controls nausea, and this is how it addresses the symptoms of motion sickness (MedlinePlus).

Other motion sickness medicines include dermal patches that can be applied to the skin.

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