Nausea Medicine: FSA Eligibility

Nausea medicine is an eligible over-the-counter (OTC) medicine with a prescription with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Nausea medicine reimbursement is not eligible with a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is nausea medicine?

Nausea medicines, known by their technical name of antiemetic medicines, are a family of medications that are designed to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by numerous conditions. What many people call an "upset stomach" is usually a form of viral gastroenteritis, nausea can arise as a negative response to a medication, as a result of morning sickness during pregnancy, motion sickness or as a reaction to general anesthesia during surgery. Ultimately, in only extremely rare cases, is nausea and vomiting a sign of a serious or life-threatening medical condition, and will typically clear up quickly with medication (MedicineNet.com).

The most common nausea medicine is bismuth subsalicylate, which is the active ingredient in common OTC nausea medicines like Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol. Bismuth subsalicylate works by coating the inside of the stomach to treat heartburn, upset stomach, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea by limiting secretions in the digestive tract, reducing inflammation in the stomach and intestines and inhibiting the growth of specific bacteria and viruses that can be the source of intestinal issues (MedlinePlus).

Why do I need a prescription for nausea medicines?

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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