Over-the-Counter Drugs and Supplies

Typically, TRICARE doesn't cover over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, except for the following. TRICARE doesn’t cover OTC drugs outside of the U.S. or U.S. Territories.

Your usual TRICARE copayments or cost-shares may apply. >>Learn more

OTC Drugs

TRICARE covers the following OTC drugs with a prescription from your doctor:

  • Cetirizine tablets
  • Fexofenadine tablets
  • Loratadine tablets
  • Tobacco cessation products covered by the tobacco cessation benefit
  • Doxylamine 25 mg
  • Norgestrel (Opill)

TRICARE covers LevonorgestrelEmergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. It's also known as Plan B. It's available to all beneficiaries for free without a prescription. (Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive) and naloxoneNaloxone is a medication that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. It’s available to all beneficiaries for free without a prescription. nasal spray (Narcan) without a prescription from your doctor.

You can visit the TRICARE Formulary Search Tool to learn more.

OTC Supplies

TRICARE covers the following OTC supplies:

  • Insulin products
  • Certain blood glucose strips  
  • Urine glucose test strips
  • Blood and urine ketone/acetone test strips
  • Syringes and needles used for injectable medications
  • Lancets
  • Inhaler spacers
  • Diaphragms

There are some limitations. Visit the TRICARE Formulary Search Tool to learn more.

Some medical supplies and devices not listed may be covered. Contact your regional contractor for more information.

>>Learn More about Filling Prescriptions for OTC Drugs and Supplies.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 7/18/2024