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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Heptaminol is an amino alcohol which is classified as a vasodilator (C01DX08 (WHO)). It is sometimes used in the treatment of low blood pressure, particularly orthostatic hypotension. It is a potent positive inotrope (improving cardiac contraction) It is classified as a doping substance. In 2008, the cyclist Dmitriy Fofonov was tested positive at the Tour de France.[1] In June 2010, the swimmer Frédérick Bousquet was tested positive for the substance, allegedly for buying a medicine from the pharmacy.[2] In 2013, the cyclist Sylvain Georges was tested positive at the Giro d'Italia.[3] In 2014, baseball player Joel Piniero tested positive. [4]

See also


  1. "Tour rider Fofonov tests positive". BBC. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  2. "France swimmer Bousquet suspended in doping scandal". France24. 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  3. "UCI notifies French rider Sylvain Georges of positive doping test at the Giro". The Associated Press. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  4. "Joel Pineiro suspended 50 games". ESPN. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-06-30.

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