NCAA Banned Substances List

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2021-22 NCAA Banned Substances

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NCAA Division I Bylaw 12 and NCAA Divisions II and III Bylaw 14 require that schools provide drug education to all student-athletes. The athletics director or athletics director’s designee shall disseminate the list of banned-drug classes to all student-athletes and educate them about products that might contain banned drugs. All student-athletes are to be notified the list may change during the academic year and that updates may be found on the NCAA website (ncaa.org); and informed of the appropriate athletics department procedures for disseminating updates to the list. It is the student athlete’s responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.

The NCAA bans the following drug classes:

  1. Stimulants.
  2. Anabolic agents.
  3. Alcohol and beta blockers (banned for rifle only).
  4. Diuretics and masking agents.
  5. Narcotics.
  6. Cannabinoids.
  7. Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics.
  8. Hormone and metabolic modulators.
  9. Beta-2 agonists.

Note: Note: Any substance chemically/pharmacologically related to all classes listed above and with no current approval by any governmental regulatory health authority for human therapeutic use (e.g., drugs under pre-clinical or clinical development or discontinued, designer drugs, substances approved only for veterinary use) is also banned. The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned-drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified. Examples of substances under each class can be found at ncaa.org/drug testing. There is no complete list of banned substances.

Substances and Methods Subject to Restrictions:

  1. Blood and gene doping.
  2. Local anesthetics (permitted under some conditions).
  3. Manipulation of urine samples.
  4. Beta-2 agonists (permitted only by inhalation with prescription).
  5. Tampering of urine samples.

 

NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning:

Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product and its label with your athletics department staff. Many nutritional/dietary supplements are contaminated with banned substances not listed on the label.

  1. Nutritional/dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, are not well-regulated and may cause a positive
    drug test.
  2. Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using nutritional/dietary supplements.
  3. Any product containing a nutritional/dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk.

Athletics department staff should provide guidance to student-athletes about supplement use, including a directive to have any product checked by qualified staff members before consumption. The NCAA subscribes only to Drug Free Sport AXISTM for authoritative review of label ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements. Contact the Drug-Free Sport AXIS at 816-474-7321 or dfsaxis.com (password ncaa1, ncaa2, or ncaa3).

THERE IS NO COMPLETE LIST OF BANNED SUBSTANCES
Do not rely on this list to rule out any labeled ingredient

Drug Classes

Some Examples of Substances in Each Class

Stimulants Amphetamine (Adderall)
Caffeine (Guarana)
Cocaine
Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA; AMP)
Dimethylhexylamine (DMHA; Octodrine)
Ephedrine
Heptaminol
Hordenine
Methamphetamine
Exceptions: Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine are not banned.
Methylhexanamine (DMAA; Forthane)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Mephedrone (bath salts)
Modafinil
Octopamine
Phenethylamines (PEAs)
Phentermine
Synephrine (bitter orange)
Anabolic Agents Androstenedione
Boldenone
Clenbuterol
DHCMT (Oral Turinabol)
DHEA (7-Keto)
Drostanolone
Epitrenbolone
Etiocholanolone
Methandienone
Methasterone
Nandrolone
Norandrostenedione
Oxandrolone
SARMS [Ligandrol (LGD-4033); Ostarine; RAD140; S-23]
Stanozolol
Stenbolone
Testosterone
Trenbolone
Alcohol and Beta Blockers
(banned for rifle only)
Alcohol
Atenolol
Metoprolol
Nadolol
Pindolol
Propranolol
Timolol
Diuretics and Masking
Agents
Bumetanide
Chlorothiazide
Furosemide
Hydrochlorothiazide
Exceptions: Finasteride is not banned.
Probenecid
Spironolactone (canrenone)
Triameterene
Trichlormethiazide
Narcotics Buprenorphine
Dextromoramide
Diamorphine (heroin)
Fentanyl, and its derivatives
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
Methadone
Morphine
Nicomorphine
Oxycodone
Oxymorphone
Pentazocine
Pethidine
Cannabinoids Marijuana
Synthetic cannabinoids (Spice; K2; JWH-018; JWH-073)
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Peptide Hormones, growth
factors, related substances
and mimetics
Growth hormone (hGH)
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
Erythropoietin (EPO)
Exceptions: Insulin, Synthroid and Forteo are not banned.
IGF-1 (colostrum; deer antler velvet)
Ibutamoren (MK-677)
Hormone and Metabolic
Modulators
Aromatase Inhibitors [Anastrozole (Arimidex); ATD (androstatrienedione) Formestane; Letrozole]
Clomiphene (Clomid)
Fulvestrant
GW1516 (Cardarine; Endurobol)
SERMS [Raloxifene (Evista); Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)]
Beta-2 Agonists Bambuterol
Formoterol
Higenamine
Norcoclaurine
Salbutamol
Salmeterol

Any substance that is chemically related to one of the above classes, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned.

It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance. Many nutritional/dietary supplements are contaminated with banned substances not listed on the label.

Information about ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements can be obtained by contacting Drug Free Sport AXIS at 816-474-7321 or dfsaxis.com (password ncaa1, ncaa2, or ncaa3).

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