Medications that prevent plasma donation

Most of the people have this question in mind whether they can plasma while taking medications or not. Or “will their medication get me disqualified from plasma donating or platelets?”

The answer is here, a number of medications will be harmless but some will be very harmful such as acne medication named Avodart. This medication can get you banned for the whole life from donating plasma. Some of the medications such as antibiotics can disqualify you from donating just for 30 days after the previous dose.


While some other medications will be completely fine such as antacids allergy medications and birth control shots. If you will be taking any anemia medication, firstly plasma donation centers will check for your hemoglobin is within the acceptable range or not. But, this is recommended that you should wait until the treatment gets completed, possibly for the period of additional six months. If you will be suffering from persistent anemia and any particular kind of anemia like pernicious anemia, this may outcomes in permanent deferment from donating blood plasma.

You should always call the blood bank or donation center initial as every plasma center will have different rules.

Here, we are providing you with the list of medications that you can and can’t take before donating plasma:

  • Acne Medications like (Roaccutane)- may lead to imprecise deferment from donating plasma.
  • Acne Medications such as (Proscar, Accutane, Propecia, E-Mycin, Solodyn, and Soriatane): you must have to wait for at least 30 days from the last dose to donate.
  • Acne Medication such as (topical acid creams) – these will not disqualify you from the donation.
  • Allergy or Anti-Histamine Medication: those whom will be suffering from anti-histamines therapy or mild allergies can donate. But, those who will be taking strong doses of anti-histamines or chronic allergy can be disqualified. In case you have had allergy shot then you can donate.
  • Antacids (such as Prilosec OTC, Prevacid , Alka-Seltzer, Tums): you can donate instantly, without  the wait.
  • Anti-Clotting Factor Medication, Anti-Coagulant, and Blood Thinners list: you will be disqualified if taking long-term treatment blood coagulant medication. It comprises Heparin, warfarin and any other blood coagulant product. Captivating blood thinners while donating plasma may lead to clotting, unacceptable quality plasma for building anti-anemic medications, abnormal plasma, and excessive bleeding.
  • Anxiety Medication or Anti-Depressants: Anxiety Medication  list contain Zoloft oral , Xanax oral, Cymbalta oral, Prozac oral etc. this will not put any effect on plasma donation eligibility.
  • Anti-Fungal Medication (topical) – Topical anti-fungal medications, such as for nails, hair, scalp and skin will have no effect on plasma donation.
  • Antibiotics: if you will be taking antibiotic creams such as for athletes for nail infection, foot rash, fungal can donate instantly. But if will be taking oral antibiotics for internal infection such as penicillin, amoxicillin, bactrim or cipro, you will have to wait for about 30 days after the healing of infection.
  • Anticonvulsant (Anti-Seizure) Medication: you will have to wait for 1 year after your last seizure before donating plasma again.
  • Arthritis Medication (osteoarthritis): you can donate instantly.
  • Arthritis Medication (rheumatoid arthritis): this may lead to lifetime or indefinite time span deferment from plasma donating.
  • Aspirin – wait for just 48 hours before platelets or plasma donation. You can’t wait if you will have been in the ER for an asthma attack.
  • Birth control pills: like ortho novum, yaz, yasmin, and the birth control ring are fine. You can also donate instantly after getting the quarterly depo shot.
  • High Blood Pressure Medication list includes Bumetanide, Chlorthalidone, Ethacrynate,  Furosemide, Indapamide, Methyclothiazide etc.- if your blood pressure will under control using medications, you can donate.
  • Blood Pressure Medication list includes mephentermine, phenylephrine, midodrine etc. (low blood pressure): If your blood pressure will be above the normal range using b.p. medication, you can donate.
  • Cholesterol Medication: If your high cholesterol will be under control by taking medication, you may donate plasma.
  • Diet Pills: you can donate but you must remain above 110 pounds to sustain eligibility.
  • Thyroid Medication: those whose thyroid levels are under control can donate plasma immediately.



Self Medication, Medical Testing, or Unlicensed Drugs

If you have tried some new medications, you require telling the plasma center before donating plasma. Unlicensed medications may have lingering side effects for months or even years after the last dose. Usually, the clinical trial medications must be out of your body for about 30 days before donating plasma. If you will be self-medicate, this will depend on the medicine. Self-injected synthetic insulin (not pork or beef) will be completely acceptable remedy medicine for donating plasma. Taking illegal drugs or needles which will not be prescribed by a doctor, you will get disqualify for the whole life from donating plasma.