What is Meldonium-MIC?
Meldonium-MIC (Mildronate), primarily developed as anti-ischemic drug, has recently received more widespread coverage of its performance enhancing qualities due to the failed drug test of Maria Sharapova. Meldonium can improve energy metabolism and speed up recovery after workouts. Meldonium is also used as a smart drug or nootropic due to it being a vasodilator and CNS stimulant.
How is Meldonium-MIC used?
Meldonium comes in two different packages, each with a different dos of capsule:
- pack of 30 x 250mg capsules
- pack of 60 x 500mg capsules
Recommended dosages for improved sports performance: 500mg-1000mg taken twice daily, usually taken before training.
Recommended dosages for cognitive enhancement: 500mg taken in the morning. A second daily dosage can be added if well tolerated, but it is advised not to take a dosage within 8 hours of your planned bedtime.
Recommended dosages for cardiac problems: check with your doctor.
These are guidelines only. Your doctor will be able to advise you of a suitable dosage for your requirements.
There have yet to be many clinical studies about meldonium. Side effects you may notice are increased blood pressure, tachycardia (high heart rate) and indigestion. If you notice any side effects while taking Meldonium, especially any signs of an allergic reaction, contact your doctor.
In 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that Meldonium would be listed as a banned substance as of January 1st, 2016. Several Eastern European athletes (most notably Maria Sharapova) have already received suspensions for using meldonium. It is not recommended to use meldonium if you participate in a sport where you will be tested for drug use.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised not to take meldonium due to the lack of safety data available.
Let your doctor know of any kidney or liver problems you have before taking Meldonium.
Some hypotensive drugs can have their antianginal effect increased by meldonium.