- Some fat burning ingredients
- Money back guarantee
- High incidence of side effects
- Under researched ingredients
- Lacks full ingredient profile
- Manufactured by MHP Strong
- Available in bottles of 30 or 60 tablets
- Fat burner and mood enhancer
The company that manufactures Dopamite is MHP Strong, an American company who describe themselves as “performance nutrition innovators”. MHP stands for Maximum Human Performance. They are based at 165 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ 07006, and can be contacted via email or phone, or through the message box on their contact us page.
We are slightly bemused by the various claims that Dopamite makes about its weight loss capabilities. It describes itself as a diet pill that is “designed to support the body’s ability to produce dopamine and activate the reward system (a.k.a. “the fat burning control center”)” and yet it fails to explain how the body’s fat burning capabilities and dopamine are actually connected.
Our research suggests that dopamine is more linked with appetite control than fat burning, leading us to conclude that Dopamite is using pseudo-science to sell their product to customers. There are a few ingredients in Dopamite that are supposedly fat burners, although it seems that only two, caffeine and yerba mate, have any definitive clinical evidence to show that they are effective in this regard.
The majority of the ingredients in Dopamite are aimed towards improving the mood of the user, as well as boosting their energy levels. It is our recommendation that anyone seeking to use this product primarily because of these factors should instead consult their doctor, as attempting to treat medical issues such as anxiety or depression with a supplement is unlikely to be successful in the long term.
The safety and suitability of some of the ingredients of Dopamite also leaves us with concerns about the product. As we go into more detail on below, many customers have experienced a wide range of side effects, with the most common being nausea whenever consuming the product.
- High incidence of side effects
- Lacks full ingredient profile so what exactly are you taking?
- Some potentially dangerous ingredients
What Does Dopamite Claim To Do?
As well as claiming to be a fat-burner, Dopamite claims to:
- Promote a healthy appetite level
- Greater satisfaction after eating
- Greater energy and focus
- Support positive mood
So What Is Dopamite and What Are The Ingredients For Dopamite?
Each serving of 1 tablet contains 540 mg of the Dopaminergic Fat Burning Catalyst, as well as 1 mg copper, 100 mcg of vitamin B12 and 125 mcg of Folate.
The ingredients of the Dopamite Dopaminergic Fat Burning Catalyst are as follows:
- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: An amino acid that is a building block of protein, this ingredient is found naturally in many foods including meat and dairy products. Some people use it as an appetite suppressant, but there is little evidence that it is effective for this use. Large doses of tyrosine may be useful for increasing alertness, especially in people who are sleep deprived.
- DL-Phenylalanine: This is the laboratory made version of an amino acid, which is used for treating depression, amongst other things. However, the research to suggest that this will effectively treat depression is outdated, with calls for more testing using updated research methods.
Source: WebMD Resource
- Caffeine: Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism, causing a small increase in the number of calories used by the body. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Llex Paraguariensis Extract Leaf: More commonly known as Yerba Mate, this ingredient has been the subject of several studies on weight loss. In a 2001 study of 47 healthy overweight adults, researchers found that taking an herbal preparation of yerba mate, guarana, and damiana three times daily for 45 days induced weight loss. It is not clear whether the individual ingredients from this preparation have the same weight loss potential on their own, or how much of each ingredient is required to replicate the results of the study. See our article on Yerba mate for more information.
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract (Seed): A bean like plant that has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used for treating anxiety, amongst other things. However, there is little clinical evidence to support its use: the active ingredient is levodopa (l-dopa), which can affect the levels of dopamine in the brain. However, most L-dopa is broken down in the body before it can reach the brain, unless combined with specific chemicals that are not present in Mucuna Pruriens.
Source: WebMD resource
- 5-Hydroxytryptophan (From Griffonia Simplicifolia Seed Extract): WebMD states that this ingredient should not be used because it is associated with numerous serious side effects, and it is in general under-researched. It is used to increase serotonin levels, to treat anxiety and depression.
Source: WebMD resource
- Theobromine: Found usually in theobroma cacao extract, it is often claimed that Theobromine can aid weight loss by stimulating the central nervous system and increasing the metabolism. Despite these claims, as well as the claims that it is an appetite suppressant, clinical evidence is limited with mixed results.
- Vinpocetine: Because it is an entirely synthetic chemical, that requires significant lab-work to produce, there is some debate as to whether this ingredient actually qualifies as a supplement under US and FDA guidelines. Vinpocetine may increase blood flow to the brain, and so may help to treat fatigue and improve memory; despite claims about research being extensive, most research is outdated and uses biased research methods.
Source: WebMD resource
So What Does All This Mean?
Essentially, the primary aspect of Dopamite is to elevate mood, and secondly it is designed to increase energy levels.
The ingredients that are supposed to decrease appetite levels actually have little clinical evidence to suggest that they actually work. The main weight loss ingredients are Yerba Mate and Caffeine, and even these have limited weight loss potential, especially as we are unaware of the amount included in the proprietary formula.
Does Dopamite Have Any Side Effects?
Many users report feeling nauseous, especially when using the product on an empty stomach. Other users report heartburn immediately after taking the product, although drinking plenty of water seems to minimise this. Consumer reviews also report negative mood changes including aggression, anxiety, vomiting, increased sweating, jitteriness, lethargy, stomach pains and a general flu-like feeling.
Several people have also reported an increase in food cravings, which is obviously the exact opposite of what the product is designed for.
Users have also reported that the effects of Dopamite appear to trail off after a few weeks of use- some consumers recommended following an on/off cycle, with 8 weeks on, 2 weeks off, but other reviews suggest that the effects of Dopamite decline much faster than this.
Dopamite contains caffeine in its raw form, but also features Yerba Mate, which naturally contains caffeine. Caffeine can cause some side effects such as inability to sleep (insomnia), nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and breathing, high blood pressure, headache, increased urination, dehydration and heart palpitations.
Common side effects of Mucuna Pruriens include nausea and abdominal bloating. Other, less common side effects include insomnia, vomiting, headaches and a pounding heartbeat.
Vinpocetine can cause some side effects including stomach pain, nausea, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, nervousness, and flushing of the face.
5-Hydroxytryptophan has been associated with eosinophilia myalgia syndrome: its occurrence may be a result of the product itself, or of contaminated batches, but regardless, the use of this product is described as risk and possibly unsafe. Other side effects are also documented, including heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and sexual problems.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Excess amounts of Phenylalanine can increase the chances of birth defects, and so supplementation should be avoided during pregnancy.
Any Dopamite Reviews From Customers?
Customer reviews are mixed, with some people reporting various side effects, including mood changes and nausea, whilst others find the product to be an energy and mood boosting weight loss aid.
I have been taking this product for 3 days and plan on stopping after today due to the crappy way it makes me feel. The first day I felt a bit of a pep but the last two have been awful. It alters my mind and does little for my appetite. I feel depressed and kind of sick. I took it once on an empty stomach like the bottle suggests and the second time on a full one with the same results. They’re better products out there that dont make you feel this strange. I would not recommend.
I would have gotten the same level of benefit from a bottle of caffeine pills. It simply didn’t work for me. I purchased it based on the reviews lauding its benefits and ability to suppress appetite while enhancing mood. More than anything it was purchased just to test and see what effect it might have. Personally, it was fairly ineffective.
The Dopamite made me anxious and edgey.I do not recemend it for people who have depression.I was only able to take one tablet and I immediately knew it was not something I could take. It may be good for others, I hope so.
However, the good reviews focus on various different elements of the diet pill, and do not necessarily comment on the weight loss potential of the product. Customers who report success with the product fail to detail how much weight they actually lost, making it difficult to accurately judge the strength of Dopamite.
I have used many “fat burners”, many just make u “warm” and leave ur wallet “cold”, but this one has a really interesting component in that it adds a “feel good” feeling along with the “metabo-heat”. One problem – u must cycle 8/2 weeks/on/off or it stops working as it did at first.
Its not bad first time I took the energy and focus was amazing made my work-outs great! it did its job on not making me as hungry but I feel like it affects wore out by the end of the bottle, give it a shot not a bad product!
Unfortunately, many customers note that the product’s effectiveness seems to decline over time, perhaps as the body acclimatises to the effects of Dopamite.
The product worked fine for the 1st week or so. After that the results were minimal. No bad side effects.
So Does Dopamite Work?
Considering the various side effects of the individual ingredients, it is unsurprising that so many customer reviews mention nausea following the consumption of the product. Whilst many reviews state that their mood is significantly improved whilst using this diet pill, other customers have noted they felt irritable, angry and aggressive. This suggests that it is down to the individual user’s reaction to the ingredients.
In terms of the weight loss capabilities of the product, not many people have detailed how much weight they have actually lost whilst using the product, stating only that they felt (in some cases) that their appetite was reduced, or that they were sweating more, evidence of the body’s increased metabolism and fat burning. However, based upon these reviews and the lack of clinical evidence to support many of the ingredients, it is likely that for the majority of people, Dopamite will not result in significant weight loss.
Where Can I Buy Dopamite?
Dopamite can be purchased direct from the manufacturers, at a price of $39.99 for a bottle of 60 tablets. Purchasing through this website is the only way to be covered under their 100% satisfaction guarantee.
However, Dopamite can also be purchased from Amazon.com at a price of $25.62 per bottle, or from bodybuilding.com, at a price of $13.93 for 30 tablets, or $22.67 for 60 tablets. Bodybuilding.com also offer a buy 2 get 1 free offer for the 30 tablets sized bottles, making 90 tablets only $27.86.
What About A Guarantee
MHP Strong offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of their products purchased through their online store. Returns do not require an RMA code, but when returning the product, be sure to include your name and address, as well as a brief description of why the product is being returned.
Customers who are buying through bodybuilding.com can make the most of their returns policy; products can be returned with an RMA code in exchange for a refund or store credit.
Overall, we cannot recommend Dopamite as a safe nor effective weight loss aid. There are numerous problems with the ingredients list, including under-researched ingredients as well as other elements that result in potentially dangerous side effects.
The customer reviews verify the idea that Dopamite is not an ideal weight loss aid. No reviews have been able to mention how much weight they lost whilst using the product, even when they have felt their appetite being suppressed or noticed an energy boost suggesting an increased metabolism. The decline in its effects also means it is a waste of money in the long run, and only suitable for use for a few weeks at a time at most.
A huge percentage of customers, even the ones who are happy with the product, have mentioned various side effects. As these can include mood swings and feelings of aggression, it is clear that the use of Dopamite could be negative not only for the consumer, but for those around them on a daily basis. For those who still want to try Dopamite, it is lucky that both the manufacturer and a major retailer of the diet pill have excellent return policies.