Gastrointestinal Medication: FSA Eligibility
What is gastrointestinal medication?
Gastrointestinal medication is defined as any medication that interacts with or treats the gastrointestinal organs or diseases relating to them. The gastrointestinal organs are defined as any part of the body along the gastrointestinal track, the liver, biliary tract, and the pancreas.
Gastrointestinal diseases that may be alleviated or treated by gastrointestinal medications include constipation, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, gall bladder disease, heartburn, hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcers, liver disease, stomach cancer, intra-abdominal infections, gastric cancer, heartburn, and more (Patient).
Gastrointestinal medication may be Over-the-Counter (OTC) or prescription-only, but must be specifically prescribed by a medical doctor in order to be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account.
Gastrointestinal medications include antacids, H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and more. Esophageal damage is an example of a condition that requires prescription medication to treat. Regardless of whether a medicine is Over-the-Counter (OTC) or prescription, if the medicine is used as a gastrointestinal medication then it must be prescribed in order to be eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare plan.
Gastrointestinal medications are generally pills, but also may be liquids that can be ingested orally. There are also rectally administered gastrointestinal medications, such as laxatives .