Medications with deferral periods

If you are taking any of these medications you will be deferred whilst taking the medication and for a certain time afterwards to ensure it does not remain in your blood.

Please refer to the list below, but if any medicine you are taking is not listed, please speak to a nurse at one of our blood donor centres.

 

 Medication

Deferral period

Accure 1 month
Acitretin 3 years
Adapalene 1 month
Aldactone According to the condition
Amiodarone Discuss with Staff
Anginine Permanently unable to donate
Antibiotics 1 week after completing the treatment and fully recovered
Anti-inflammatory medicines Accept for whole blood but 3 days for special platelet donations
Antivenom 90 days
Anturan for acute gout Defer
Aratac Discuss with Staff
Aspec Discuss with Staff
Azamun Discuss with Staff
Azathioprine Discuss with Staff
Azol 3 months
Benemid Acute gout Defer
Benhex Defer if skin inflamed, itchy or used as a prophylactic (preventive) treatment
Benserazide Permanently unable to donate
Benzene Hexachloride Defer if skin inflamed, itchy or used prophylactically
Benztropine Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Betamethansone 4 weeks IV injection for acute illness and tablets
Bismuth subnitrate 7 days
Botox 6 months
Botulinum Toxin 6 months
Bromocriptine If used for Parkinson’s Disease
Carbimazole Permanently unable to donate
Cardiprin Discuss with Staff
Cartia Discuss with Staff
Carvasin Discuss with Staff
Cialis 4 days
Clomid 3 months
Clomiphene Citrate 3 months
Codral forte Discus with Staff
Cogentin Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Cordarone Discuss with Staff
Cordarone X Discuss with Staff
Coronex Discuss with Staff
Corticosteroids Injection IV for acute illness/joint infection/tablets 4 weeks
Cortisone Discuss with Staff
Crotamiton Defer if skin inflamed, itchy or used prophylactically
Cyanocobalamin Permanently unable to donate if for treatment of Pernicious anaemia
Coumadin, Warfarin 6 months
Cyclosporin 4 weeks (but the underlying condition treated may exclude)
Cytamen Discuss with Staff
Danazol 3 months
Danocine, D-Zol 3 months
Daraprim Before travel plasma only for fractionation, after travel to risk area plasma only 1 year
Derbac-M Defer if inflamed or itchy skin
Decadron Defer until well
Dexamethasone Injection IV for acute illness/joint infection/tablets 4 weeks
Differen 1 month
Digoxin Permanently unable to donate
Dindevan 6 months
Diphenoxylate Defer
Dipyridamole Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not suitable for platelets)
Disipal Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Disopyramide Permanently unable to donate
Dispirin Discuss with Staff
Doryx Discuss with Staff
Doxine Discuss with Staff
Doxy-50/100 Discuss with Staff
Doxyclycline Discuss with Staff
D-Penamine Permanently unable to donate
D-Zol 3 months
Ecotrin Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not suitable for platelets)
Efudix 7 days
Eldepryl Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Encephalitis (Japanese Vaccine) 3 weeks
Endone Defer while in use
Engeris-B 1 year if given for exposure
Estroxyn Permanently unable to donate
Etretinate Permanently unable to donate
Eurax Defer if inflamed or itchy skin or used prophylactically
Famciclovir 7 days
Famvir 7 days
Fansidar Discuss with Staff
Fergon Discuss with Staff
Ferrograd Folic Discuss with Staff
Ferrous Gluconate Discuss with Staff
Ferrous Sulphate Discuss with Staff
Ferrum H Discuss with Staff
Finasteride 1 month
Flagyl 7 days
Flecainide Permanently unable to donate
Florinef 4 weeks
Fludrocortisone 4 weeks
Fluorouracil 7 days
Genox Permanently unable to donate
Glyceryl trinitrate Permanently unable to donate
Gold injections Permanently unable to donate
Growth Hormone If manufactured from human growth hormone, Permanently unable to donate
GTN Permanently unable to donate
Gyno-Daktarin 7 days
Havrix 42 days if given for exposure
H-B-Vax 11 1 year if given for exposure
Hepatitis A Vaccine 42 days if given for exposure
Hexamine 7 days
Hiprex 7 days
Human Pituitary Gonadotrophin Permanently unable to donate
Hydrocortisone Discuss with Staff
Hydroxychloroquine Before travel plasma only for fractionation, after travel to risk area plasma only 1 year
Hydroxyethylrutosides Discuss with Staff
Ikorel, Imdur Permanently unable to donate
Imodium Discuss with Staff
Imtrate Discuss with Staff
Imuran 4 weeks but the underlying condition may exclude
Infertility Treatment Permanently unable to donate if human pituitary gonadotrophin used
Interferon L and P Permanently unable to donate
Iron & Folic Acid Discuss with Staff
Ismo 20 Discuss with Staff
Isosorbide Monotrate Discuss with Staff
Isosorbide Dinitrate Permanently unable to donate
Isotretinoin 1 month
Isotrex Gel 1 month
Lanoxin, Digoxin Permanently unable to donate
Live vaccines 4 weeks for most but 8 weeks for Rubella vaccine (German measles)
Kemadrin Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Lamivudine Permanently unable to donate
Lanoxin Permanently unable to donate
Lariam Discuss with Staff
Ledertrexate Defer while in use but the underlying condition may exclude
Lerodopa Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Levodopa & Carbidopa Permanently unable to donate
Liothyronine Discuss with Staff
Lithicarb Discuss with Staff
Lithium Carbonate Discuss with Staff
Loperamide Discuss with Staff
Lyderm Defer if inflamed or itchy skin or used prophylactically
Madopar Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Malathion Defer if inflamed or itchy skin or used prophylactically
Marevan While in use or 6 months
Maxidex, Maxitriol 4 weeks
Mebendzole Until recovered
Mefloquine Before travel plasma only, after travel to risk area plasma only 1 year
Merieux Inactivated Rabies 1 year
Methoblastin Discuss with Staff
Methotrexate, Ledertrexate Defer while in use but the underlying condition may exclude
Methoxsalen 1 week
Mexiletine Discuss with Staff
Mexitil Discuss with Staff
Miconazole 1 week
Micreme 1 week
Minirin Discuss with Staff
Ministran Discuss with Staff
Motilium Discuss with Staff
Nalidixic Acid 7 days
Negram 7 days
Neo-Mercazole Permanently unable to donate
Neotigason 3 years
Nicorandil Discuss with Staff
Nifuran 7 days
Nitoman Discuss with Staff
Nitradisc Discuss with Staff
Nitro-Bd Ointment Discuss with Staff
Nolvadex Permanently unable to donate
Norfloxacin 7 days
Noroxin 7 days
Norpace Permanently unable to donate
Novadex Permanently unable to donate
Oxsoralen 1 week
Oxypentifylline (Pentoxifylline) Discuss with Staff
Paludrine Plasma (external link) only for 1 year after travel to risk area
Parlodel Discuss with Staff
Paroven Discuss with Staff
Penicillamine Permanently unable to donate
Permethrin Defer if inflamed or itchy skin or used prophylactically
Pernexiline Discuss with Staff
Persantin Discuss with Staff
Pexid Discuss with Staff
Pirophen Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not for platelets)
Plaquenil Before travel plasma only 3 years, after travel to risk area plasma only for fractionation 1 year
Ponstan Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not for platelets)
Prednisolone 4 weeks
Procainamide Permanently unable to donate
Proguanil After travel to risk area plasma only 1 year
Prodalone Defer while in use
Pronestyl Permanently unable to donate
Propecia 1 month
Propanolol Discuss with Staff
Propylthiouracil Permanently unable to donate
Proscar 1 month
Pseudoephedrine & others Discuss with Staff
Pyrimethamine Before travel plasma only for fractionation, after travel to risk area plasma only for 1 year
Quinidine Discuss with Staff
Quinine 3 days
Rabies Vaccine 1 year if given for exposure
Retin-A 1 month
Rh (external link) (D) Immunoglobulin Discuss with Staff
Ridaura Permanently unable to donate
Roaccutane 1 month
Rythmodan Permanently unable to donate
Salazopyrin Permanently unable to donate
Sandimmun 4 weeks
Selegiline Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Sildenafil 24 hours
Sinemet Permanently unable to donate if used for Parkinsonism
Smallpox vaccine 8 weeks
Solprin Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not for platelets)
Sotalol Permanently unable to donate
Sotocor Permanently unable to donate
Spironalactone Discuss with Staff
Spirotone Discuss with Staff
Spren Collect as red cells/plasma only 3 days (not for platelets)
SPZ If for acute gout
Steroids Discuss with Staff
Sulfadoxine Discuss with Staff
Sulfinpyrazone If for acute gout
Tadalofil 96 hours
Tambocor Permanently unable to donate
Tamofen Permanently unable to donate
Tamoxifen Permanently unable to donate
Tasmar Permanently unable to donate
Tertroxin Discuss with Staff
Thioprine 4 weeks
Ticlid Discuss with Staff
Ticlopidine Discuss with Staff
Tigason Permanently unable to donate
Tolcapone Permanently unable to donate
Trental 400 Discuss with Staff
Tretinoin 1 month
Triamcinolone 4 weeks
Trinitrate Discuss with Staff
Trioxsalen 1 month
Tripolidine Discuss with Staff
Trisoralen 1 month
Twinrix Discuss with Staff
Valaciclovir 7 days
Valtrex 7 days
Vermox Defer until recovered
Viagra 24 hours
Viagra – weekend pill 72 hours
Zovirax Ophthalmic Ointment Defer while in use
 
   

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