How to check your medications

27 Jul 2010

Always remind your GP/Consultant that you are an athlete subject to drug testing.

All athletes should check the status of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications using the resources below, depending on where the medication was purchased. It's easy, just use one of the following methods:

Republic of Ireland

Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked on the Drugs in Sport Database on

Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current months edition is checked. Medical Publications Ireland publishes MIMS Ireland (; the subscription page can be accessed at

Northern Ireland/UK

Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on

Mobile Version of Global DRO:

Rest of World

If you purchase medications in any other part of the world, do one of the following:

a) Use the Medication World Map to check if there are any resources for checking medications in the country you purchase the medication in

b) Check the medication against the current WADA Prohibited List on, - print off the Prohibited List or download the Prohibited List from iTunes for the iPhone - aska sports pharmacist or doctor to assist you when checking

Check confidentially with the Anti-Doping Unit of the Sport Ireland:
Telephone: 00 353 1 8608800
When you have checked your medication, if the status of the medication requires you to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), you should read the 'Therapeutic Use Exemptions' section for further advice.

Buying medications outside of Ireland?

The ingredients in a medication can differ from country to country, so even though a medication has the same name, and has the same type of packaging in another country, it is crucial that you check the medication in the country where you purchase it.

To assist athletes, the contact details and available resources in other countries for checking medications are shown on the Anti-Doping World Map