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Old 07-24-07, 03:07 PM
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Doping rules for Asthma?

After all the recent news on about doping I was wondering what the rules are for those of us with Exercise Induced Asthma? If I remember correctly, I believe a pro rider was banned last year for using an inhaler. So does this mean for those of us with Asthma, we would not be able to do any competitive racing if we ever got any good?
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Old 07-24-07, 03:26 PM
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I have exercise induced fatigue.... can I get EPO from my doctor?
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Old 07-24-07, 03:43 PM
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There are a huge number of asthmatics in the Pro Peleton, measured by the number of riders with Theraputic Use Exceptions for Asthma Inhalers. See:

http://www.velonews.com/train/articles/5719.0.html
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Old 07-24-07, 03:52 PM
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Exercise-induced asthma is actually pretty common, and you need to ingest truly massive quantities of albuterol to get a performance enhancement (that is, if you're healthy at time of ingestion). I don't know the specifics, but you do need a TUE to use an inhaler during / around the time of competition.

Recently one pro rider (Petacchi) went over the line (1000mg iirc), but was cleared today. I believe the last person who got busted for it was like 5x over the limit....
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Old 07-24-07, 03:53 PM
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I don't know about international racing, but when I was racing, I had to have proof of the perscription on me and the dosage I was to take. Eventually, I was off of the preventative and just kept the emergency inhaler nearby with a teammate/coach/parent who knew where it was.
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Old 07-24-07, 04:48 PM
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Also the asthma medication only restores breathing back to normal levels. It doesn't improve it beyond that. Similarly, non-asthmatics taking those inhalers won't get any benefits either.
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Old 07-24-07, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I don't know about international racing, but when I was racing, I had to have proof of the perscription on me and the dosage I was to take. Eventually, I was off of the preventative and just kept the emergency inhaler nearby with a teammate/coach/parent who knew where it was.
So you can eventually train yourself out of using the inhaler as a preventative?
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Old 07-24-07, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
Also the asthma medication only restores breathing back to normal levels. It doesn't improve it beyond that. Similarly, non-asthmatics taking those inhalers won't get any benefits either.
Really? This is what velonews says that contradicts your statement, "Studies have shown that in addition to aiding in the treatment of asthma, Salbutamol can be used to increase an athlete's anaerobic power. According to study results, peak power appeared significantly earlier and was noticeably increased after Salbutamol use."
Maybe that is why it is so widely used (with TUE's) in the pro peloton.
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Old 07-24-07, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
Really? This is what velonews says that contradicts your statement, "Studies have shown that in addition to aiding in the treatment of asthma, Salbutamol can be used to increase an athlete's anaerobic power. According to study results, peak power appeared significantly earlier and was noticeably increased after Salbutamol use."
Maybe that is why it is so widely used (with TUE's) in the pro peloton.
If this was the case I'd be winning races instead of getting dropped
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Originally Posted by DRLski View Post
If this was the case I'd be winning races instead of getting dropped
Way too many variables to diagnosis your admitted lack of power.
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Old 07-24-07, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by vpiuva View Post
I got my daughter off Advair and her albuterol inhaler with daily doses of magnesium aspartate. (recommended by a doctor - just not one married to pharma) It definitely works better in the aspartate form. And when we run out and she hasn't taken it for a few days, she starts complaining of wheeziness, so it does work for her. She runs Varsity track and plays VB at her HS.
hmm, I'll have to look into this, wasn't aware that this was an option. How many times per day does she have to take it?
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Old 07-25-07, 05:30 AM
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It's actually pretty simple... Contact US Cycling and tell them that you need to file an exemption for your asthma medication. They will take your information and ask you to send a copy of your prescription, the name of your doctor and a release form so they can confirm with the doctor that you are indeed in need of the medication. Not a big deal at all.

There is definately not a benefit having asthma even if you get medication for it... imagine all of a sudden being completely out of breath and the only thing you can do to get control of it is drop off the pace and use your inhaler. Not really the way to win races... is it?!
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Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
Really? This is what velonews says that contradicts your statement, "Studies have shown that in addition to aiding in the treatment of asthma, Salbutamol can be used to increase an athlete's anaerobic power. According to study results, peak power appeared significantly earlier and was noticeably increased after Salbutamol use."
Maybe that is why it is so widely used (with TUE's) in the pro peloton.

You and I (along with 90% of the pro peleton) know it helps everybody regardless if you have EIA or not. I got some free samples of pro air from my doctor and feel it helps. If I take a few hits before working out I find it easier to calm down my breathing after a 100% effort. Also feels like im getting more air in my lungs.....

/waiting for the "see you have EIA too!" posts now
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
I got some free samples of pro air from my doctor and feel it helps. ... Also feels like im getting more air in my lungs.....
Feeling it helps is not the same thing as proving it improves performance.
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Old 07-25-07, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by asgelle View Post
Feeling it helps is not the same thing as proving it improves performance.
When I hit pro air my breathing recovers faster after a hard effort. This improves my performance.
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