Wednesday Wrap-Up: Supplements and Drugs

NCAA List of Banned Substances

At the collegiate level it is especially important to know EXACTLY what you are putting in your body. As mentioned in Monday’s post, sport performance supplements (including vitamins and protein powders) are not regulated by the FDA, and, therefore, may contain substances that are banned by the NCAA- even if these substances are not listed on the product label.

Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that are illegal to use as a NCAA athelte. When athletes undergo random drug testing, they are tested for the substances described below.


The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs:

a. Stimulants

  • Amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin), etc.

b. Anabolic Agents

  • Androstenedione; boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-Keto); epi-trenbolone; etiocholanolone; methasterone; methandienone; nandrolone; norandrostenedione; ostarine, stanozolol; stenbolone; testosterone; trenbolone; etc.

c. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only)

  • Alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc.

d. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents

  • Bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.

e. Street Drugs

  • Heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); synthetic cannabinoids, etc.

f. Peptide Hormones and Analogues

  • Growth hormone(hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); etc.

g. Anti-estrogens h. Beta-2 Agonists

  • Anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; ATD, clomiphene, and bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc

*Any substance that is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned! (See more at NCAA drug testing)


Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions (allowed but restricted in quantity):

a. Blood Doping.

b. Local Anesthetics (under some conditions).

c. Manipulation of Urine Samples.

d. Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation.

e. Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml.

Other Considerations and Warnings (directly from the NCAA):

NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning: Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff!

Note to Student-Athletes: There is no complete list of banned substances. Do not rely on this list to rule out any supplement ingredient.

Check with your athletics department staff prior to using a supplement.


For more information visit:

2014-15 NCAA Banned Drugs

NCAA Drug Testing



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