Medication and prohibited substances

Here you can find information on the latest WADA prohibited list, and all you need to know about Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs). We also have fact files on various prohibited substances including anabolic steroids, recreational drugs and the dangers of contaminated meat.


Substance Information: Tramadol

Prohibited substance category: S7: Narcotics 
Prohibited in-competition? Yes
Prohibited out-of-competition? No

Tramadol is a strong painkiller that is used to treat moderate to severe pain (such as after an injury or operation). It is a type of medicine called an opiate, or narcotic, and it comes as tablets, capsules, and liquid drops. Your doctor may prescribe Tramadol if you have long-term pain, and weaker painkillers don’t help. It is only available on prescription.

What are the health risks and side effects?

Headaches, confusion, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and dry mouth.

What is the starting sanction for a first offence in rugby?

2 years

What else should you know?

If you have concerns over Tramadol dependency or addiction, you should speak with your doctor for advice.

Risk of rule violation

If you are tested “In Competition” and Tramadol is detected, this may result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (even if you used it “Out of Competition”).

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