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Can I still donate blood now that I am taking statins?

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I was wondering if I can still donate blood now that I am taking statins.

Senior Cardiac Nurse Maureen Talbot says:

There isn’t a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to this question. I spoke with NHS Blood and Transplant on your behalf. They recommend that anyone taking statins who would like to donate blood should call them on 0300 123 23 23.

They will ask you some questions to find out why you are taking statins, whether the need to take them was picked up during a routine screening, and whether you’re experiencing symptoms from them or from any other health conditions.

They may also have further follow-up questions. Depending on what, if any, health condition you have, if you have been fully investigated, been established on your final statins treatment and feel well on the day of donation, it may be possible to give blood.

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