Medications – What prescribed medications will prevent me from donating?

Most prescribed medicines don’t prevent you from donating, but the medical condition they are prescribed for might.

However, you can’t donate while you’re taking any of the following medications and for a period of time after you’ve finished:

•    Isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Oratane): used for acne
•    Acitretin (Neotigason): used for acne and psoriasis
•    Etretinate (Tigason): used for acne
•    Dutasteride (Avodart, Duodart): used for benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate)
•    Finasteride (Finasta, Finnacar, Finpro, Propecia, Proscar): used for benign prostatic hypertrophy and hair loss
•    Leflunomide (Arava, Arabloc, Lunava): used for arthritis and sarcoidosis
•    Misoprostol (Cytotec): used for peptic ulcers
•    Denosumab (Prolia) or Raloxifene (Evista): used for osteoporosis

This is due to the possibility that even low doses of the medication could adversely affect recipients of your blood (e.g. pregnant women and newborn babies).

If you take any of the medications listed above, wait until you have completed treatment and then call us on 13 14 95 to see when you will become eligible to donate. If you’re on other prescribed medications, please note their names and call us on 13 14 95 to see if any of them will affect your eligibility to donate.

For your own health, please do not stop taking any medication in order to be eligible to donate.

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