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Any reason to not donate platelets at a blood center? Want to help, but is there any downside other than the longer visits?
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Doctor: Richard Han, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago
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Hello and thank you for your question. My name is***** am a board-certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience and I am happy to help you. No significant downside to donating platelets other than the longer process of platelet collection taking about 2 hours. Some donors feel a little bit of chills or tingling, but those effects are easily relieved with a warm blanket and some Tums to raise your calcium level, which can go down a little due to the anti-clotting substance in the fluids used during platelet collection. May I help with any other questions today?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I take a baby aspirin daily. How long should I stop before? Resume after?
Doctor: Richard Han, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago
Hello again. You should stop taking aspirin for at least 2 full days prior to your donation day. So if you plan on donating on a Thursday, Monday should be the last time you took any aspirin. You can resume the day after your donation day. Any other questions I can help with?
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