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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 480-483

A preliminary study on urinary excretion patterns of methylprednisolone after oral and intra-articular administration and effect on endogenous glucocorticosteroids profile

1 National Dope Testing Laboratory, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, J. N. Stadium, New Delhi, India
2 Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ), Doha, Qatar
3 School of Studies in Zoology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijp.ijp_946_20

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INTRODUCTION: The use of glucocorticosteroids (GCs) through oral, intravenous, intramuscular, or rectal routes is prohibited in sports. Its use is permitted through inhalation, topical and intra-articular route of administration. Methylprednisolone (MP) is available for use by different routes for anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive purposes. To discriminate its intake by permitted & forbidden routes, a reporting level of 30 ng/ml is set by World Anti-Doping Agency. The aim of this study was to compare MP's excretion profile following oral & intra-articular administration & to evaluate its effect on endogenous GCs profile. MATERIALS & METHODS: The MP was administered through oral and intra-articular route to different patients & urine samples were collected up to 100 h. The urine samples were hydrolyzed, extracted, and analyzed on Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/MS. RESULTS: MP levels in urine exceeded the reporting limit of 30 ng/ml after oral (8 mg) and intra-articular administration (80 mg) routes. After oral intake (8 mg), MP levels exceeded the reporting level up to 24 h. However, after intra-articular injection (80 mg), the MP could be detected above the reporting level up to 80 h. CONCLUSION: The findings reveal that the MP can exceed the reporting level in urine even after administration by permitted route (i.a.). Further analysis of four endogenous GCs (Cortisol, Cortisone, TH Cortisone, and 11-deoxycortisol) showed a decreased excretion following administration of MP by oral & intra-articular routes.


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