Mitragynine (Kratom) - monitoring in sports drug testing

Drug Test Anal. 2016 Nov;8(11-12):1114-1118. doi: 10.1002/dta.1970. Epub 2016 Mar 22.


In 2014, mitragynine (Kratom) was placed on the Monitoring List of the World Anti-Doping Agency to gain information of its current use in professional sports. Therefore, analytical strategies in sports drug testing are presented and the first Kratom case in professional sports is described. It is outlined that thorough monitoring by anti-doping laboratories is of utmost importance to obtain data on Kratom's misuse and to protect athletes from potential health hazards. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords: Kratom; LC-MS/MS; mitragynine; monitoring; sports drug testing.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / pharmacology*
  • Doping in Sports
  • Humans
  • Secologanin Tryptamine Alkaloids / analysis*
  • Secologanin Tryptamine Alkaloids / chemistry*
  • Substance Abuse Detection / methods*


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents
  • Secologanin Tryptamine Alkaloids
  • mitragynine