Athletes who take supplements are, therefore, at risk of committing an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation. There have been cases where both Australian and international athletes have been sanctioned after they have used supplements that they thought were okay, but which were actually contaminated with prohibited substances.
The presence of a prohibited substance in a supplement product may result in an anti-doping rule violation, whether its use was intentional or unintentional.
If you are an athlete, you need to be aware that you are ultimately responsible for any prohibited substance found in your body. If you use a supplement, you do so at your own risk.
Methylhexaneamine is classed as a stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and it is prohibited in-competition.
Generally, stimulants act directly on the central nervous system to speed up parts of the brain and body. They can increase alertness and reduce fatigue.
It is important for athletes to realise that a supplement’s list of ingredients may describe methylhexaneamine under a different name. Some of those names are listed here:
Since 2010, ASADA has managed a number of positive tests from Australian athletes resulting from the use of supplements containing methylhexaneamine. There are other matters which are ongoing. Based on information provided by these athletes, the positive test resulted from the athlete using one of the following supplements:
In these cases, athletes have been banned from participating in sport for periods ranging from six months to two years. This has been the case even where the athlete was able to show that they were unaware a supplement contained methylhexaneamine. The World Anti-Doping Code imposes a duty on each athlete to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his or her body, which means that an athlete is ultimately responsible for any prohibited substance detected in a sample they provide. If you are an athlete using these products and you are tested in-competition, you run the risk of returning a positive result. There are other products that are known to contain methylhexaneamine, so please read the label and the manufacturer’s website carefully.