Medications

Most medications are acceptable for blood donation. Do NOT discontinue medications without consulting your physician.

The following are the most common medications that cause a deferral:

Antibiotics for treatment of current infection

  • The infection is the risk, not the medication.  You must finish the entire dose of antibiotic and be free of symptoms before you can donate.
  • Topical (surface) treatments are acceptable (such as acne or toenail fungus).

There is a two-day deferral for:

  • Fondaparinux (Arixtra®)
  • Apixaban (Eliquis®)
  • Dalteparin (Fragmin®)
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox®)
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa®)
  • Edoxaban (Savaysa®)
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)

There is a seven-day deferral for:

  • Heparin (Fragmin® or Lovenox®)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin® or Jantoven® or Warfilone®)

There is a one-month deferral for:

  • Finasteride (Proscar® or Propecia ® or Propecia ProPak®)
  • Isotretinoin (Absorica® or Accutane® or Amnesteem® or Claravis® or Myorisan® or Sotret® or Zenatane®)
  • Thalidomide (Thalidomid®)
  • Upadacitinib (Rinvoq®)

There is a six-week deferral for:

  • Mycophenolate mofetil (Cellcept®)

There is a three-month deferral for:

  • Tenofovir, emtricitabine, dolutegravir or raltegravir (Truvada®, Descovy®, Tivicay® or Isentress®)
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

There is a six-month deferral for:

  • Dutasteride (Avodart® or Jalyn®)

There is a 12-month deferral for:

  • Hepatitis B Immune Globulin

There is a two-year deferral for:

  • Teriflunomide (Aubagio®)
  • Vismodeyib (Erivedge®)
  • Sonidegib (Edomzo®)
  • Leflunomide (Arava®)

There is a three-year deferral for:

  • Acitretin (Soriatane ®)

You are not eligible to donate if you have taken:

  • Etretinate (Tegison®)
  • Antiretroviral therapy for HIV