Ute’s struggles were of a different nature, as she developed bulimia in response to the weight gain induced by her dosing of Oral-Turinabol. The psychological trauma would later manifest itself in depression, too. “The bulimia lasted until 2002, but the depression comes back in waves,” she says. “This is why I am essentially a pensioner now.” Andreas, reaching across to pat her knee, interjects. “It’s not that bad,” he says, with an indulgent laugh. “We keep each other up. What else are you married for?” The two of them, for all the anguish they have endured, share an endearing streak of black humour.
Athletes may obtain banned medicines from physicians, pharmacists, retail outlets, health and lifestyle magazines, gymnasiums, coaches, family members, fellow athletes, the internet and the black market. Many GPs may prescribe unwittingly for what they trust is a genuine , 14 & 16 With the banning of amphetamine, those prone to doping turned to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine and phenylpropanolamine, available for purchase in community pharmacies. Banned drugs, including anabolic steroids, are widely advertised in lifestyle magazines and gymnasiums and there are no controls on mail order and internet sales.