Doping includes not only the deliberate but also the unintentional use or ingestion of prohibited substances. These can be contained in medications, for example. Food supplements and normal foodstuffs may also contain doping-relevant substances that can lead to a positive doping result. Even such supposedly unintentional violations of anti-doping regulations can lead to sanctions. That is why we provide information about doping traps on this page.
Doping traps in the pharmacy at home
Prohibited substances may also be contained in medicines in the home pharmacy, even in homeopathic medicines. Thus, athletes who are subject to testing should check each medication for possible doping relevance before taking it.
We have listed which over-the-counter medicines can represent a doping trap on our TOGETHER AGAINST DOPING website:
Drug data base NADAmed
Check drugs in our drug database NADAmed before taking. NADAmed provides easily accessible and quick information about the doping relevance of drugs.
Doping trap food supplements
Tablets, powders, gels - nutritional supplements can take many forms, promise great effect and yet can pose a risk to athletes. Why the intake of nutritional supplements can become a doping trap, we explain on our TOGETHER AGAINST DOPING website. NADA Germany advises a reflective approach to nutritional supplements. Before consuming a food supplement, it should be checked for the presence of prohibited substances, e.g. with the Cologne List®.
On the initiative of the Olympic Training Center NRW/Rhineland, the Cologne List® - in cooperation with NADA Germany, among others - lists products that have been tested for doping substances.
Doping traps in food
Food is also sometimes associated with doping, e.g. meat originating from Mexico, China or Guatemala may contain the banned substance clenbuterol. Asian teas, as often used in diets, can also be a doping trap. We have explained what to look out for with poppy seeds, for example, on the TOGETHER AGAINST DOPING website: