Epinephrine: FSA Eligibility

Epinephrine: requires a prescription to be eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Epinephrine is eligible for reimbursement with a prescription with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA). Epinephrine is not eligible for reimbursement with dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSA) and limited care flexible spending accounts (LCFSA).

What is epinephrine?

Epinephrine, or adrenaline, is a hormone found in the adrenal glands that is used to most commonly treat anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction (MedlinePlus).

How does epinephrine work to treat anaphylaxis?

Epinephrine, when used to treat anaphylaxis, is typically found in a one-dose administration shot, called an Epipen. Once a person begins to notice they are having an allergic reaction, they should administer the dosage of the Epipen into the middle outer-side of the thigh.

Once injected, the epinephrine works to reverse the life-threatening symptoms of an allergic reaction by reducing swelling, relaxing the muscles in the airways and tightening the blood vessels (Everyday Health).  

A prescription from a medical professional is needed to make epinephrine eligible for reimbursement.


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