Overusing prescribed asthma medication is being highlighted as a potential problem in sport.
Even if an asthma medication is “permitted” or you have obtained a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) for a prohibited asthma medication, it must not be used over and above the prescribed amount or contrary to manufacturers’ instructions. There is a real possibility that puffing away on an asthma inhaler above the recommended dose could take you over the threshold.
Ventolin for example, is permitted without a TUE – but only up to a specified level in your system. If an athlete puffs on their Ventolin inhaler more than they should and the level of salbutamol in the urine sample exceeds the threshold, this could result in a positive test.
Our advice is to double check the status of your asthma medication, make sure it is permitted or obtain a TUE, then only use as instructed.
If you’re feeling like you need to use your inhaler more than what has been prescribed, pay your doctor a visit ASAP to check that;
- you’re on the right medication
- that you’re using your inhaler correctly.
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