There are two ways for you to obtain medication: either by prescription from your doctor or directly from the shelves of a drugstore or pharmacy.
Anytime you need a prescription, you must remind your doctor that you are an athlete and are subject to anti-doping regulations. Your doctor should ensure that the medication prescribed does not contain any banned substances. If your doctor is unable to determine this, then the decision should be taken in consultation with your National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) or with a competent pharmacist.
If you need to take a medication that does not require a prescription (commonly referred to as "over-the-counter"), it is highly recommended that you consult your national NADO or that you show the Prohibited List to the pharmacist and ask for help before you decide on a product.
Another consideration when choosing the right medication, make sure that you take exactly the one that was recommended. Some brand names offer multiple variations of the same product (e.g., non-drowsy, fast-relief, extra-strength, longer-lasting) and with the formula being different for each, there is a real risk that one will contain a prohibited substance while another may not.
The current Prohibited List is always posted on this Web site. Generally, an updated version of the List is published every year in October and comes into effect January 1st of the following year.