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Dr. Vitrag Shah 90% (636 ratings)
Critical Care Training, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, New Delhi  •  9 years experience
Blood donation guidelines for thyroid & autoimmune diseases

Hypothyroid patients who are taking levothyroxine (i.e, Synthroid), Cytomel, Thyrolar, or natural thyroid products like Armour and are in the normal thyroid range can give blood if they don't have any other precluding conditions.

Graves' disease or hyperthyroidism patients who are on antithyroid medicines, or who are not currently in normal thyroid range, cannot give blood.

Anyone with any other autoimmune disease should not give blood, unless they are asymptomatic and off all medications for one month.

In thyroid patients, and some of the more common autoimmune disease, you specifically should NOT give blood if you have:

Addison's Disease
Adrenal Disorders
Sinus or respiratory infections, colds or flu symptoms
Rheumatoid Arthritis, if you're on steroids or immunosuppressive drugs
Lupus, unless asymptomatic, and off all medication for at least a month
Multiple sclerosis

Also, you can't give blood if you:

Have ever used illegal intravenous drugs, even once
Are a man who has had sex with another man since 1977, even once
Are a hemophiliac
Have had a positive HIV test
Have had hepatitis any time after your eleventh birthday
Have had cancer (except localized skin cancer)
Have had a heart attack or stroke
Have taken Tegison for psoriasis

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