Donating blood

Patients taking medication for pituitary conditions, either for hormone replacement or for treatment of a disorder, may or may not be able to donate blood dependant on what medication they are taking.

NHS Blood and Transplant (UK) have advised us of guidelines for donating blood for pituitary patients and the replacements or medication they may take. 

 

Medication or hormone

Donating blood allowed?

Comments

Hydrocortisone

NO

NHS blood guidelines

Prednisolone

NO

DDAVP Desmopressin

NO

Growth hormone

Possible

Depending on reason for treatment

Thyroxine

YES

Taking Thyroxine or Levothyroxine does not prevent you from donating, provided you have been on a steady dose for at least three months

Cabergoline

Possible

If you are asymptomatic you may be able to donate

Bromocriptine

Octreotide

NO

NHS blood guidelines

Lanreotide

Testosterone

Possible

Depending on reason for treatment

Oestrogen/progesterone

Possible

 

If you wish to find out more or confirm if you are eligible to donate blood for the ‘possible’ section if this refers to you, please contact: NHSBT enquiries

Tel:  0300 123 23 23

Or visit http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/

Also, learn more: www.blood.co.uk

Whilst NHS Blood and Transplant operates in England and North Wales, South Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have their own Blood services.

If you would like to access the full Donor Selection Guidelines they are available via www.transfusionguidelines.org.uk