Dinitrophenol (DNP) is a popular substance used in weight loss drugs. However, Health Canada recently warned that DNP has been found to be toxic and potentially lethal.
TL;DR A drug that is sometimes found in weight loss pills has been officially declared as toxic and potentially fatal by Health Canada.
The Wikipedia page for DNP states that "acute administration of 20–50 mg per kilogram of body weight in humans can be lethal."
DNP was used in the 1930's to treat obese patients in the United States. But due to its adverse effects, it was banned in the US in 1938 and declared unfit for human consumption.
Despite Dinitrophenol's illegal status in Canada and the United States, DNP can be found online and at sold at some gyms and is used mostly by athletes and bodybuilders.
The use of DNP has been found to cause some serious side effects and can even lead to death.
Health Canada warns that products containing 2,4-dinitrophenol should not be consumed because it is potentially fatal.
Possible symptoms include:
- Hyperthermia (fever)
- Tachycardia (palpitations)
- Diaphoresis (profuse perspiration)
- Tachypnea (fast breathing)
- Development of cataracts
- Troubles sanguine (neutropenia)
- Confusion, agitation, convulsion, and coma
If you absolutely want to take weight loss pills, make sure to read your labels carefully!
It's advised to only purchase natural drugs with an NPN on the label and a DIN for drugs.
They are also warning peoplenot to use health products that contain the Chemical DNP