Weight Loss Drug DNP and Its Possible Dangers to Health

Published:July 21st, 2011

People who really want to lose great amount of stored fats may have already heard about DNP, a weight loss drug that promises effective and fast weight reduction. But what exactly is DNP? Is it a safe medication of losing weight?

DNP, a short term for 2,4-Dinitrophenol, is actually a chemical poisonous to your cell’s metabolism. It triggers chemical reactions within your cells that results in a rapid consumption of energy without the production of adenosine triphosphate, the basic unit of energy source within the cells. DNP is a synthetic compound, meaning it can never be found naturally in nature. It needs to be manufactured in order to be available.

What are the common uses of DNP?

DNP is a very useful ingredient for many products in the commercial industry. Furthermore, some scientific researches also use DNP. DNP is used to make dyes, organic chemicals, explosives, pesticides and wood preservatives. Photo developers also use DNP to develop their pictures.

Interestingly, people are now using DNP as an ingredient for diet pills for fast weight reduction. After its metabolic and weight loss properties were first reported in the 1930s by Cutting and Tainter at Stanford University, at least 100,000 people have tried using it in the United States.

However, DNP is not a safe weight loss drug you can easily play with without burning your hands, says a study published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Medical Toxicology. It can cause severe increase in body temperature, increased heart rate, severe sweating and increased breathing rate, eventually resulting in death. There are many cases of fatalitites association with DNP use in our present generation. To date, there have been 62 published mortalitites in the medical literature associated with DNP use. Thus, because of its very notorious history in the weight loss world, this slimming pill is considered banned.

So, are you dying to get thin? Don’t get thin just to die. Find a better, healthier option that can help you live your life to the fullest. Try safer, healthier diets and products for losing weight. There are so many out there. And if others were able to find one, then you can find one too.


Journal of Medical Toxicology; 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP): A Weight Loss Agent with Significant Acute Toxicity and Risk of Death; Grundlingh J. et al.; July 2011



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