O.K. to Donate Blood

Q:

"I recently started taking a short-acting stimulant. Am I still allowed to donate blood?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

Taking a stimulant medication for ADHD should not prevent you from donating blood. Check with the organization handling the blood drive to be sure.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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