Headaches / Pain / Inflamation

Even some common over-the-counter medications may be prohibited in sport.  Athletes need to check every medication they take, even if it's for something as common as a headache.

Below we've listed some common medications taken for headaches, pain and inflamation and their status in sport.

Permitted in Sport Prohibited in Competition
Non steroidal anti-inflamatories (NSAIDs)

All medications that contain morphine    

  • Sevredol
  • Kapanol
  • m-Elson


  • Brufen
  • Nurofen
  • Parafen


  • Durogesic
  • Rapifen


  • Voltaren
  • Diclax
  • Cataflam

Pain tablets

  • Aspirin
  • Codeine
  • Tramal
  • Tramadol*
  • Paracetamol
  • Panadeine

*Some sports may have additional regulations i.e. cycling

Oral and systemic glucocorticoids

  • Prednisone
  • Medrol