Medicines and Donating Blood
Please tell us if you are now taking, or if you have EVER taken, the following medications:
- Proscar (finasteride) – usually given for prostate gland enlargement
- Avodart, Jalyn (dutasteride) – usually given for prostate enlargement
- Propecia (finasteride) – usually given for baldness
- Accuate (Amnesteem, Clarvais, Sotret, isotretinoin) usuallygiven for severe acne
- Soriatane (acitretin) – usuallyg iven for severe psoriasis
- Tegison (etretinate) – usually given for severe psoriasis
- Growth hormone from human pituatar glands – used usually for children with delayed or impaired growth
- Insulin from cows (bovine or beef insulin) – used to treat diabetes
- Coumadin (warfarin) – given to prevent clot formation.
- Hepatitis B immune globulin – given following an exposure to hepatitis B (This is different from hepatitis B vaccine, which is a series of three injections given over a six month period to prevent future infection form exposures of hepatitis B).
- Experimental medication or unlicensed vaccine – usually associated with a research protocol).
If you would like to know why these medicines affect you as a blood donor:
- If you have taken, or are taking Proscar, Avodart, Jalyn, Propecia, Accuatane, Soriatane or Tegison, these medications can cause birth defects. Your donated blood could contain high enough levels to damage the unborn baby if transferred to a pregnant woman. Once the medication has been cleared from your blood, you may donate again. Following the last dose, the deferral period is one month for Proscar, Propecia and Accutane. It is six months for Avodart and Jayln. It is three years for Soriatane. Tegison is a permanent deferral.
- Growth hormone for human pituitary glands was prescribed for children with delayed or impaired growth. The hormone was obtained from human pituitary glands, which are found in the brain. Some people who took this hormone developed a rare nervous condition called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. The deferral is permanent.
- Insulin from cows (bovine or beef insulin) is an injected material used to treat diabetes. If this insulin was imported into the United States from countries in which “Mad Cow Disease” has been found, it could contain material from infected cattle. The deferral is permanent.
- Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG) is an injected material used to prevent infection following an exposure to hepatitis B. HBIG does not prevent hepatitis B infection in every case. Therefore, persons who have received HBIG must wait 12 months to donate blood to be sure they are not infected since hepatitis B can be transmitted through transfusion to a patient.
- Experimental medication or unlicensed vaccine is usually associated with a research protocol and the effect on blood donation is unknown. Deferral is one year, unless otherwise indicated by a medical director.