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NFL Banned Substances and Brands


So I was just told by someone that Biotest is on the NFL banned substance list. (not that I care if it was) So it got my interested to find out if it really was. Here is all I could find and was hoping some one could shed some light on this.

List of Prohibited Substances

The following substances and methods are prohibited by the National Football League:



Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Androstenediol Androstederm
Androstenedione Androstan, Androtex
1-Androstenedione ---
Bolasterone Myagen
Boldenone Equipoise, Parenabol
Calusterone ---
Clostebol Turinabol, Steranabol
Danazol Cyclomen, Danatrol
Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone Oral-Turinabol
Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA
Desoxymethyltestosterone DMT, Madol
Dihydrotestosterone DHT, Stanolone
Dromostanolone Drolban
Ethylestrenol Maxibolin, Orabolin
Fluoxymesterone Halotestin
Formebolone Esiclene, Hubernol
Furazabol Miotolon
Gestrinone Tridomose
17-Hydroxypregnenedione ---
17-Hydroxyprogesterone ---
Hydroxytestosterone ---
Mestanolone ---
Mesterolone Proviron
Methandienone Danabol, Dianabol
Methandriol Androdiol
Methandrostenolone Dianabol
Methenolone Primobolan
Methyltestosterone Metandren
Mibolerone Testorex
19-Norandrostenediol 19-Diol

       I.  Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids (contâ??d)

Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
19-Norandrostenedione 19 Nora Force
Norbolethone Genabol
Norclostebol ---
Norethandrolone Nilevar
Normethandrolone ---
19-Nortestosterone (Nandrolone) Deca-Durabolin
Oxandrolone Anavar, Lonovar
6-Oxoandrosterone 6-Oxo
Oxymesterone Oranabol
Oxymetholone Anadrol
Progesterone ---
Stanozolol Stromba, Winstrol
Stenbolone ---
Testosterone Andronate
1-Testosterone ---
Tetrahydrogestrinone THG
Trenbolone Finaject

and related substances


Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Saizen, Humatrope, Nutropin AQ
Animal Growth Hormones ---
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Novarel, Menotropins
Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1) ---
Erythropoietin (EPO) ---

and related substances

	C.  BETA-2-AGONISTS (Clenbuterol, etc.)

D. ANTI-ESTROGENIC AGENTS (Anastrozole [Arimidex], Clomiphene [Clomid], Cyclofenil, Tamoxifen)



Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Acetazolamide Amilco
Amiloride Midamor
Bendroflumethiazide Aprinox
Benzthiazide Aquatag
Bumetanide Burine
Chlorothiazide Diuril
Cyclothiazide Anhydron
Ethacrynic Acid Edecrin
Flumethiazide ---
Furosemide Lasix
Hydrochlorothiazide Aprozide
Hydroflumethiazide Leodrine
Methyclothiazide Aquatensen
Metolazone Zaroxolyn
Polythiazide Renese
Probenecid Benemid
Quinethazone Hydromox
Spironolactone Aldactone
Triamterene Jatropur, Dytac
Trichlormethiazide Anatran

and related substances



D. FINASTERIDE (Propecia, Proscar)


Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Amphetamine Greenies, Speed
Ephedrine Ma Huang, Chi Powder
Fenfluramine Phen-Fen, Redux
Methamphetamine ---
Methylphenidate Ritalin, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin
Modafinil ---
Norfenfluramine ---
Pseudoephedrine * Sudafed, Actifed
Phentermine Fastin, Adipex, Ionamin
Synephrine Bitter Orange, Citrus Aurantium

	* Except as properly prescribed by Club medical personnel.


Introduction of a Prohibited Substance into the body by any means, including but not   
limited to the introduction of a Prohibited Substance, or the ingestion or injection of a 
supplement or other product containing a Prohibited Substance.

Pharmacological, chemical or physical manipulation by, for example, catheterization, 
urine substitution, tampering, or inhibition of renal excretion by, for example, probenecid 
and related compounds.


This is the first I've heard of this, and I know of several NFL players who use Biotest products regularly and have never had an issue.

I think someone is yanking your chain.


That is what I thought.

I have a female friend who has gotten into figure comps and is taking advocare and repping for them. I said she should start taking Biotest and she said noway cuz they are on the NFL banned list.

I thought it was funny and started laughing.


Maybe she thought you were talking about testosterone? As in actual steroids.

Or it could be the doing of a rep from another supp company thats not fond of Biotest spreading rumors. lol thats my guess.


You understand some of the ridiculous things that some supp companies say about others right? I had an older friend whose wife was a rep for some line of nutritional crap. Anyway, she was always going on and on about their stuff (don't think she truly understood any of what she was saying though, just repeating 'copy'), and was constantly pestering me to at least take some of their multi-vitamins (free of course), so she could use one of my pics and say how a "pro natural bodybuilder" uses their stuff -lol.

.. and for the record, I use the CVS imitation version of Centrum, but only when I'm not feeling well :slightly_smiling:



Funny, but I don't see the name "Biotest" anywhere on that list. Probably because Biotest is a company, not a substance.


Wait, what?


I believe this is prescribed to old dudes that are estrogen dominant. And if I'm not mistaken, I think it's given to guys with prostate issues such as BPH. I'm yet to hear of elite athletes seeking it as a means of performance enhancement.


Back about a decade ago, Biotest was banned in the NFL. It was because of some the supps that they were producing at the time (MD 6, MAG-10, 4-AD-EC, etc.). However Biotest wasn't the only supp company banned. Some of the top names at the time were also (because of one or more banned substances in products). Apparently they still are:





Those are endorsement bans. Not a ban on consuming their products.


And it's outdated because Brady Quinn endorses MetRx


This is correct.

The NFL doesn't "ban" players from using supplements from specific manufacturers.


Its not all that simple.
The NFL which is super concerned with its image, bans players from endorsements with ANY company that make a product containing banned substances. Not all products from that companies line have to be illegal but if you manufacture a product (even one) with banned substances in it, your company gets on the banned company list. That way in a round about way-sharing the same company name-the player cannot endorse a banned product.

Individual players can technically take whatever that want but are held responsible for knowing all the ingredients and which ones are banned. So they have to avoid the individual products that contain banned substances. Positive tests from supplements containing banned substances are considered the athletes fault so the NFL creates the list of all the companies that make one or more illegal products.

Brady Quinn is also EAS not MetRx sponsored. EAS payed a huge sum of money like 10 years ago to certify all their products were NFL compliant.