Good luck to all swimmers taking part in this years County Championships.
We have recently received this information from Swim England about the use of Inhalers by swimmers/athletes, they have noticed an increase in the use of inhalers by swimmers and have asked that we pass on the following information.
Under the 2019 WADA Prohibited List, inhaled salbutamol (the active ingredient of Ventolin) is only prohibited when more than 800 micrograms (mcg) is inhaled over a 12-hour period. Typically, such inhalers release either 100 mcg or 200 mcg of salbutamol per puff.
If an athlete is frequently requiring the use of a salbutamol inhaler at doses close to the permitted threshold described above, it is advisable for the athlete to consult with their doctor to assess whether the most effective preventer therapies are included within their asthma treatment.
Global DRO is a useful tool used by athletes and doctors for checking the prohibited status of medications prescribed or bought in the UK -
Please also be aware that annual changes to the Prohibited List come into effect every year on the 1st January.
The British Swimming website offers further information on the use of inhalers, both preventer and reliever types. It also provides information on the anti-doping rules and to whom these apply.
The web links to these information pages are: