2021-22 NCAA Banned Substances
The NCAA bans the following drug classes:
- Anabolic agents.
- Alcohol and beta blockers (banned for rifle only).
- Diuretics and masking agents.
- Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics.
- Hormone and metabolic modulators.
- 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:
- Blood and gene doping.
- Local anesthetics (permitted under some conditions).
- Manipulation of urine samples.
- Beta-2 agonists (permitted only by inhalation with prescription).
- 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.
- Nutritional/dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, are not well-regulated and may cause a positive
- Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using nutritional/dietary supplements.
- 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
Some Examples of Substances in Each Class
Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA; AMP)
Dimethylhexylamine (DMHA; Octodrine)
Exceptions: Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine are not banned.
|Methylhexanamine (DMAA; Forthane)
Mephedrone (bath salts)
Synephrine (bitter orange)
DHCMT (Oral Turinabol)
SARMS [Ligandrol (LGD-4033); Ostarine; RAD140; S-23]
|Alcohol and Beta Blockers
(banned for rifle only)
|Diuretics and Masking
Exceptions: Finasteride is not banned.
Fentanyl, and its derivatives
Synthetic cannabinoids (Spice; K2; JWH-018; JWH-073)
|Peptide Hormones, growth
factors, related substances
|Growth hormone (hGH)
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
Exceptions: Insulin, Synthroid and Forteo are not banned.
|IGF-1 (colostrum; deer antler velvet)
|Hormone and Metabolic
|Aromatase Inhibitors [Anastrozole (Arimidex); ATD (androstatrienedione) Formestane; Letrozole]
GW1516 (Cardarine; Endurobol)
SERMS [Raloxifene (Evista); Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)]
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).