It made me healthy and that’s why I continued to take it - Maria Sharapova


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A New Front in the War on Doping

In the war on doping, long associated with fountain-of-youth substances such as testosterone and human growth hormone, the case of meldonium suggests that edge-seeking athletes may be turning to drugs typically prescribed to aging cardiovascular patients.

Possible further evidence of that is telmisartan, a widely prescribed high-blood-pressure medication. In recent years, doping blogs have promoted telmisartan as a possible performance enhancer. In 2015, WADA added telmisartan to the list of drugs it is monitoring, a possible first step toward banishment. Before it became banned this year, meldonium was on the agency’s watch list.

Substantial doubt exists that these drugs…

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 A New Front in the War on Doping

Edge-seeking athletes are increasingly turning to drugs typically prescribed to aging cardiovascular patients.

5 things to know about meldonium, the drug that brought Maria Sharapova down

According to the drugmaker's website, meldonium is primarily used to treat heart-related conditions — like angina pectoris and heart failure — that block blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. The drugmaker also says meldonium can also improve "physical capacity and mental function" in healthy people.

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