Asthma medications

Athletes who have asthma and need to take medication to keep the condition under control, need to be familiar with which inhalers and medications are permitted in sport.

Many asthma medications contain Beta2-Agonists, which are prohibited in sport. If athletes need to use these asthma medications, then they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption.

Check our the status of common asthma medications in the table below:

Permitted in Sport
(By inhalation only)
Prohibited in Sport
  • Salbutamol (e.g. Ventolin, Respigen)
    - Permitted but with intake limited to a maximum of 1600 micrograms over 24 hours. This threshold is not valid in the presence of diuretics. If you are using a diuretic you must have a Therapeutic Use Exemption to use both the diuretic and salbutamol. Refer to your doctor.
  • Salmeterol (e.g. Serevent)
    - Inhaled salmeterol in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommended therapeutic regimen.
  • Formoterol (e.g. Oxis, Foradil, Symbicort)
    - Permitted but maximum delivered dose 54 micrograms over 24 hours. Refer to your doctor.
  • Glucocorticoids (e.g. Beclazone, Flixotide, Pulmicort)
  • Terbutaline (e.g. Bricanyl
  • Vilanterol (eg. Breo Elipta)
  • Bambuterol (e.g. Bambec)
  • Oral glucocorticoids (Prednisone, Prednisolone)
  • Oral Salbutamol (e.g. Ventolin in syrup form)