Medications

Injury and illness are part-and-parcel of life as an athlete so there will be times when you’ll need to take medication because you’re injured or sick.  Or you may have an ongoing condition, such as asthma or diabetes, which requires you to take regular medication. 

You need to be aware that many medications, including those that can be bought over the counter, may contain banned substances. You’re not expected to remember or know every medication or substance that’s on the Prohibited List, but you are expected to check everything you take.

It’s also your responsibility to let medical professionals know that you’re an athlete who could be drug tested.  If you need to take a medication, we advise that you check whether it’s safe to use before you take it.

Don’t get caught out thinking a medication or supplement must be okay because it’s commonly used. Check everything. If you return a positive test, you could face a ban from all sport whether you were intending to cheat or not.

If you are a national or international level athlete and you  need to take a medication, do the following:

  • tell your GP, doctor, surgeon, dentist, chemist or other medical professional that you’re an athlete who could be drug tested
  • insist that your medical professional check whether the medication is prohibited in sport
  • if it is prohibited, ask if there is an alternative medication you could take
  • if no suitable alternative is available, you will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption for approval to use the medication before you take it (except in an emergency).

If you’re purchasing something over the counter you can check the status of some common medications here.

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