Meds for Bipolar & Donating Blood
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Q:  Meds for Bipolar & Donating Blood


For those of us on meds for Bipolar - what limitation does it place on us to donate blood or blood products?  I know, do to the needs blood donors organizations not to care and accept donations just the same.  Sometimes, I feel a little funny about this knowing the side effects some drugs have.  I wouldn't want to wish these on anyone - especially someone in a weakened condition after major surgery or an auto accidents.
 

Dear Earl -- 

At least for the Red Cross, they have a list of medications about which they are concerned. None of the regular medications for bipolar disorder are on that list. Several of my patients are regular donors, a few at my encouragement: it is something that they can do that helps others, as part of a treatment for depression.

Here's the
Red Cross list. Thank you for asking. Lots of people should consider doing this.

Dr. Phelps



Published November, 2007
 

 

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