Ibuprofen: FSA Eligibility

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

What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is an analgesic medication. It's Over-the-Counter (OTC) but requires a medical doctor's prescription in order to be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. Ibuprofen is a type of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) (WebMD).

What are analgesics?

Analgesics is the blanket term for a wide range of drugs that are used to bring about "analgesia," or pain relief. Unlike anesthetics that eliminate sensations, analgesics are designed to treat both peripheral and central nervous systems to alleviate pain associated with both mild and severe medical conditions. These medications come in a variety of forms, such as over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol and Advil, to more advanced pain relievers like oxycodone or morphine (Arthritis Foundation).

What are Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

This classification typically refers to drugs that manage mild to moderate pain involving the musculoskeletal system. In addition to pain relief, these drugs have anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing properties, which makes them ideal for alleviating pain relating to joint and muscle issues, headaches, arthritis symptoms, and everyday aches and pains. The most common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen, while more advanced NSAIDs can also be found in prescription form (MedicineNet.com).

Combinations

Analgesics are also frequently used in tandem to create synergistic effects to combat multiple sites of pain, treat non-pain symptoms, inflammation and even allergic symptoms. Typically, NSAIDs are combined with weaker opioids to attack multiple pain points, or matched with additional drugs to treat multiple symptoms. For instance, antihistamines are typically combined with NSAIDs to reduce allergic symptoms, while providing pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

How are analgesics reimbursed?

As a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as of January 1, 2011, OTC items containing an active medical ingredient require a prescription for reimbursement with an FSA, HSA or HRA. To reimburse the cost of OTC medicines and drugs under FSAs, HSAs and other consumer spending accounts, account holders must submit a prescription for each product.

However, not every OTC product falls under this distinction and thousands of products continue to remain eligible without a prescription including bandages, first aid supplies, most sunscreens, diagnostic products, products for infant care and so much more. For more information on a specific product, be sure to consult our Eligibility List.

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Eligibility Table

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Limited Care FSA Dependent Care FSA Health Savings Account (HSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Eligible

Eligible with Rx

Eligible with LMN

Not Eligible

Additional Information

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Specifically Not Covered

Not eligible without a prescription.

Legal Information / Regulations

Prescription Required. Information Letter (IL) 2009-0209; Notice 2010-59.



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