Laxatives: FSA Eligibility

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

What are laxatives?

Laxatives are a type of medication that relieve temporary constipation by increasing stool motility, heft, and periodicity. Laxatives have chemicals that establish these goals for stool. Stool goals are reached via these chemicals accessing various bodily systems either orally or rectally, in the form of a pill or liquid, or spray or suppository, respectively. To accomplish these stool goals, for example, a powder like Metamucil might be mixed with water and then swallowed to provide generous heft and bulk to one's stool. This could help pass stool that is otherwise lacking (Medical News Today).

Other ways in which laxatives can encourage an ideal stool-passing session include stimulating the body to release the stool, if the body has been overly possessive of the stool. These laxatives are called stimulant laxatives, and they stimulate the intestinal lining to resolve its possessiveness of the stool on good terms. The stool is then permitted, often with ample hydration as further encouragement, to extend to the behind, and beyond. Some stimulant laxatives are so effective that they cause diarrhea or cramping, so stimulants should always be used in moderation.

Other exciting ways to give away stool include osmotic and hyperosmolar laxatives. It's difficult to imagine the truly softest stool possible without incorporating osmotic and hyperosmolar laxatives into one's soft-stool mission. These laxatives encourage moisture from surrounding tissues to enter the intestines, thereby saturating stool (ScienceDirect). Milk of Magnesia is an example of what a very soft stool might owe its softness to. Stool this soft will depart the body almost effortlessly, providing a great deal of relief.

Stool problems that laxatives resolve are often also easily resolved by exercise and hydration and eating vegetables. These habits are uncommon in adults in many parts of the world, however. Vegetables should be eaten several times a week, or more. It's also effective to exercise by talking a walk, or getting out of a chair or off the couch, for even a tiny part of one's day.

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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 with Rx

Eligible with LMN

Not Eligible

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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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