In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor.
Many medications do not impact eligibility, including those for high blood pressure and allergies, birth control pills, vitamins and diet pills. Over-the-counter oral homeopathic medications, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are acceptable.
Your eligibility will be based on the reason that the medication was prescribed. As long as the condition is under control and you are healthy, blood donation is usually permitted.
There are a handful of drugs that are of special significance in blood donation. Persons on these drugs have waiting periods following their last dose before they can donate blood. Located here is a list of common medications and their deferral lengths.
For clarification, further information or specific questions about medications you have taken in the past or are currently taking, please call 847.260.2647 to contact our Medical Help Desk. You can also submit an inquiry through our Contact Us page.
You are not eligible to donate if the following have been:
Taken within the past week:
- Isoniazid (INH)
Taken within the past four weeks:
- Anti-coagulant drugs (blood thinners) such as Coumadin (warfarin) or heparin
- If treatment with blood thinners has been discontinued by your doctor
- Accutane (isotretinoin)
- Proscar (finasteride)
- Propecia (finasteride)
Taken within the past six months:
- Avodart (dutasteride)
Taken within the past 12 months:
- Hepatitis B Immune Globulin
Taken within the past three years:
- Soriatane (acitretin)
Ever taken or received:
- Insulin from cows (bovine insulin)
- Factor concentrates
- Human Pituitary-Derived Growth Hormone (prior to 1986)
- Tegison (etretinate)
- Anabolic steroid (injected) without a prescription
- Aspirin: You must wait 48 hours after taking aspirin or any medication containing aspirin
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Do not take 12 hours prior to your scheduled donation time. (Tylenol is acceptable, as it is not an NSAID.)
- Plavix (clopidogrel): Wait 14 days after taking this medication.
- Ticlid (ticlopidine): Wait 14 days after taking this medication.
You are not suitable to donate if you are currently taking experimental or investigational drugs or vaccines not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.