Athlete Advisory – Pseudoephedrine
The ITU Anti-doping Team would like to remind triathletes that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reintroduced pseudoephedrine to the Prohibited List effective January 1, 2010. Pseudoephedrine, a stimulant commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold medications, is prohibited in-competition only.
Athletes are advised to consider the use of alternative permitted medications for the treatment of coughs, colds and upper respiratory infections, in consultation with a physician.
Athletes who are required to take a prohibited medication for a legitimate medical reason may apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
In addition, athletes selected for doping control must remember to declare the use of all prescribed medications (e.g., asthma medications and glucocorticosteroids) and all non-prescribed medications and supplements taken in the last 10 days (or as directed by the Doping Control Officer during the Sample Collection Procedure).