Drugs and Blood Donation
Normally there is no problem with blood donation if you are taking a drug; however there are certain drugs that not approved for the donation-
- Antibiotics – given for an active infection.
- Finasteride (Proscar, Finast) – given for prevent the enlargement of prostate gland.
- Finasteride (Propecia) – given to cure baldness.
- Dutasteride (Avodart, Dutas)– given for prevent the enlargement of prostate gland.
- Wafarin, Warfilone (Coumadin, Acetrone) – usually given to prevent blood clots in the legs, heart or lungs.
- Acitretin (Soriatane) – given for severe psoriasis.
- Etretinate (Tegison) – given for severe psoriasis.
- Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, isotretinoin - (Accutane)©) – Given to cure severe acne.
- Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (Not same as Hepatitis Vaccine) - given following an exposure to hepatitis B.
- Donors who give blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons have the lowest prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections, as compared to people who donate for family members or in lieu of payment.
- WHO Fact sheet N°279, June 2008, Blood safety and donation