Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Warning On Athletes' Use Of Prescription Drugs

Date:
May 28, 2009
Source:
Kingston University
Summary:
Athletes could be putting their lives at risk by doping themselves with powerful prescription drugs, an academic has warned. Researchers cautioned sportsmen and women against trying to improve their performance by taking drugs known as nitrites without clinical supervision. Researchers have warned that athletes could suffer a range of side effects from convulsions to coma, and could even kill themselves.

Athletes could be putting their lives at risk by doping themselves with powerful prescription drugs, an academic has warned. Professor Declan Naughton, Professor of Biomolecular Sciences at Kingston University in South West London, cautioned sportsmen and women against trying to improve their performance by taking drugs known as nitrites without clinical supervision.

Related Articles


Speaking at a conference on drug-taking in sport, he warned that they could suffer a range of side effects from convulsions to coma, and could even kill themselves.

Professor Naughton, who is based in the School of Life Sciences, is one of the scientists who first discovered the beneficial effects of nitrite. These can include treatment for heart and blood disorders, and may have future potential in the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers where a better blood supply helps to deliver oxygen and medicines.

He said he was concerned that athletes are unlikely to be aware of the effects of misusing it.

“Based on current research on the levels of abuse of performance enhancing drugs by athletes, the future uptake of this drug by the athletic community is of real concern,” he said.

“Nitrite has enormous potential as a treatment for diseases characterised by inadequate blood supply but if taken in supplement form without clinical supervision, nitrite may lead to a number of serious side effects including cardiovascular collapse, coma, convulsions and death.”

Professor Naughton said the potentially harmful side-effects of nitrite had been established and are documented in the medical reference guide Martindale, which contains information on drugs in clinical use worldwide. Although athletes are routinely tested for prohibited drugs, nitrite is not on the list of substances banned by the international sporting authorities and athletes face no penalty or disciplinary action for taking it. Professor Naughton said it would be difficult to enforce a ban because small doses are found in foods such as cured meats and lettuce and it is expelled from the body in urine.

Speaking at the same conference, Dr Andrea Petroczi, a Reader in Public Health at Kingston University, said that her research on performance enhancing drugs suggested that there was a possibility that nitrites could be taken up by athletes. She analysed information from UK Sport’s Drug Information Database, which allowed athletes, coaches and team doctor to check the status of most UK licensed pharmaceutical products in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Among her findings, Dr Petroczi discovered that checks on Viagra-type medication had almost doubled during the months leading up to the Olympics compared to the previous two years.

She also reported that some athletes were taking as many as 26 different drugs and supplements in a single day. “Studies using declarations made by athletes during doping controls highlight two concerning issues: a marked increase in the use of asthma medications and the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs well above the appropriate level for reported illnesses or injuries,” she said.

Professor Naughton and Dr Petroczi highlighted the need for better education among athletes to warn them of the dangers of using performance enhancing substances.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Kingston University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Kingston University. "Warning On Athletes' Use Of Prescription Drugs." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092734.htm>.
Kingston University. (2009, May 28). Warning On Athletes' Use Of Prescription Drugs. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 26, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092734.htm
Kingston University. "Warning On Athletes' Use Of Prescription Drugs." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092734.htm (accessed November 26, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) The US FDA is announcing new calorie rules on Tuesday that will require everywhere from theaters to vending machines to include calorie counts. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) Need another reason to eat yogurt every day? Researchers now say it could reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins