the good stuff wrote:
"Of interest to athletes is the finding that it consistently and significantly improves exercise tolerance. Some pharmaceutical companies have recently marketed it explicitly as a performance-enhancing drug. Itâ€™s also used as a â€œsmart drugâ€ by non-athletes. Athletes have been using it for over 5 years."http://roidvisor.com/performance-enhancing-drugs-used-by-elite-athletes-that-are-surprisingly-legal/
Interesting. So it seems that Aregawi was busted for using something that was perfectly legal a couple of weeks previously. I wonder if this will be part of her defense? (I didn't realize it wasn't legal, or, I forgot, etc).
Still, it's hard to gather much knowledge about how how effective meldonium is as a PED. Granted, people will debate the efficacy of all PEDs, but there is a general consensus that EPO is a game-changer, steroids have a reliably significant effect, etc. At this point, it could be that meldonium is just something athletes used as part of their "cocktail" of legal/gray-area drugs (until this past January 1). Or it could be very powerful.
Anyone know anything about the details of testing for it - i.e. is it easy to detect, what is the length of its detection window, etc?