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. 

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  

Even low doses of these medications could affect the vulnerable people receiving your blood (e.g. pregnant women and newborn babies).  

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

For your own health, please don’t stop taking any medication to donate. 

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