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Asthma medication in Sport

The term „asthma medication“ is used for a wide range of medicines with different active ingredients. In the following text, you will find information on:

  • Permitted and prohibited substances
  • Substances permitted with certain maximum doses
  • Further rules to consider
  • Procedure if prohibited substances have to be used

The use of asthma medications like inhalers sometimes leads to insecurity. Many athletes and doctors believe that asthma medications are generally prohibited in sport. In fact, some active substances used in asthma therapy can have performance-enhancing effects and are therefore prohibited in sport. Some other active ingredients are permitted.

Asthma medication in sport

At a glance:

The following pharmaceuticals are permitted and don´t need to be reported to NADA Germany:

  • asthma inhalers with salbutamol, salmeterol, formoterol, vilanterol up to the permitted maximum doses:
    • salbutamol up to 600 µg over 8 hours and a maximum of 1600 µg over 24 hours

    • salmeterol up to 200 µg over 24 hours

    • formoterol up to 54 µg over 24 hours

    • vilanterol up to 25 μg over 24 hours

  • asthma inhalers with cortisone
  • creams, eye drops or nasal sprays with cortisone

The following pharmaceuticals are prohibited, please see the following passages for more information:

  • asthma inhalers with fenoterol, reproterol, indacaterol, olodaterol, terbutaline
  • asthma inhalers with salbutamol, salmeterol, formoterol, vilanterol, when exceeding the permitted doses
  • tablets/syrup/ drops or injections with salbutamol, salmeterol, formoterol, vilanterol
  • cortisone tablets/syrup, suppositories or injections when used in-competition

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