Suppositories: FSA Eligibility

Suppositories: eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
Suppositories are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) and health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Suppositories are not eligible for reimbursement with a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is a suppository? 

A suppository is a term that encompasses a large family of over-the-counter and prescription drugs that are ingested to absorb medication into the body’s bloodstream. Typically, these medications are coated with a gelatin, cocoa butter or another substance to allow it to be comfortably inserted into the body where it can break down and the proper dosage can be administered (WebMD).

When are suppositories used?

There are many reasons that a patient may require the use of suppositories as opposed to the more traditional oral method. Patients may require a suppository if they have experienced seizures, are unable to swallow medication, experiencing stomach issues like vomiting or have a blockage in their gastrointestinal tract that could prevent the absorption of the medication. Suppositories are generally safe and helpful for people who can’t take medications and require an effective alternative to deliver the medication (Medical News Today)