Medication and medical devices

Most medications don’t affect whether you can donate, but some do. See if yours might affect your ability to donate. 

If your medication was prescribed by a doctor registered in Australia, you can donate.

In some cases, testosterone may cause your haemoglobin levels (a protein in your blood that transports oxygen) to increase to above the acceptable range for donation. Don’t worry, though — we test your haemoglobin level before each donation and if it’s within the acceptable range on the day, you can…

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Yes, providing your blood pressure is adequately controlled, stable, and you don’t have any side effects related to your medication.

Maybe. It depends on why you’re taking the antibiotics.  

  • Recent infection: The infection must have resolved at least one week ago and you need to have completed the full course of antibiotics five days before you donate.  
  • Preventative antibiotics for mild acne or rosacea (minocycline, doxycycline or erythromycin): You’re eligible to…
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It depends on the type of vaccine. 

These vaccines don't include any live material and you can donate straight away after having one.

  • Diphtheria
  • Influenza (both seasonal flu and H1N1 or 'swine' flu)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcus
  • Q fever
  • Tetanus
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Yes, but when you can give blood depends on the type of hepatitis vaccination you've had.

Hepatitis B vaccine: You’ll need to wait two weeks before you donate. This also applies for combined hepatitis A and B vaccines.

Hepatitis A vaccine: It’s okay to give blood straight away.

Usually, yes, but you’ll need to wait six months after getting your pacemaker. Please contact us to double check if you can donate.

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

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 (…
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Yes, you can donate. Taking hormone replacement therapy doesn’t affect your ability to donate blood.

Yes. Having an injection (e.g. DepoProvera®) or implant (e.g. Implanon®, IUD) inserted for birth control doesn’t affect whether you can donate, as long as there are no complications from the procedure.

Yes. Taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives or ‘the pill’) doesn’t affect your ability to donate blood at all.

Usually, yes. If you take cholesterol-lowering medication prescribed to prevent coronary artery disease, you can still give blood. But, if you have existing coronary artery disease, you won’t be able to donate blood for your own safety.

Usually yes, as long as you’re well and have no side effects from the medication. To confirm if you can donate, please contact us.

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