British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Some of these drugs are banned by law and some are legally available on prescription, but they are all prohibited by sporting regulations. When we use the word ‘illegal’, we mean it in this sense. The name of this process is slightly misleading: it should not be confused with ‘doping’ in general. Blood doping may or may not involve a drug. It is the process of artificially increasing the concentration of red blood cells in the blood.
There are two main methods of blood doping. They are employed as a first-line therapy for hypertension either alone or in combination with other antihypertensive medications Chobanian et al. Madden CC, et al. Acetazolamide is also used for the treatment of oedema. The influence of furosemide on heart rate and oxygen uptake in exercising man.
Int J Cardiol. Water is drawn into your muscle tissue, away from other parts of your body, putting you at risk of dehydration. Sports drug testing — an analyst’s perspective. It is known that during exercise skeletal muscle temperature exceeds core temperature within several minutes, and alteration of the body’s thermoregulatory systems is a major risk of diuretic abuse. VCO2 and VE kinetics during moderate- and heavy-intensity exercise after acetazolamide administration. Of course, athletes can be tested for diuretics though, too.