[Xenon: From rare gaz to doping product]

Presse Med. 2016 Apr;45(4 Pt 1):422-30. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2016.01.025. Epub 2016 Feb 26.
[Article in French]


Doping is defined as the use of processes or substances to artificially increase physical or mental performance. Xenon is a noble gas used as an anesthetic and recently as a doping agent. Xenon is neuroprotective as an antagonist of NMDA glutamate receptors. Xenon stimulates the synthesis of erythropoietin (EPO) by increase of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). Xenon would be a new doping product, maintaining doping methods ahead of detection.

MeSH terms

  • Doping in Sports* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Xenon* / pharmacology


  • Xenon