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Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning

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Denture Creams With Zinc May Result In Zinc Poisoning Lawsuits

Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Nerve Damage, Zinc Poisoning, Unexplained Pain | Fixodent Poligrip

Many denture creams and adhesives  - including Fixodent and Poligrip - contain zinc, which in excess, can result in copper deficiency and lead to serious neurological problems.   A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet. However, being exposed to more than 10 times the amount of recommended zinc can result in zinc poisoning. Zinc poisoning can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly. In August 2008, the journal "Neurology" reported on four patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper deficiency.   It was determined that excess use of dental creams could have been responsible for their symptoms.

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A lot of my clients were complaining of symptoms and go to their doctors, and the doctors will simply ignore them; they are unaware of the zinc poisoning issues. They are unaware that these products even contain zinc," said Andy part of a team of attorneys representing more than 100 plaintiffs in a mass tort. He credits News 8 reports for getting the word out. More Info...

Poligrip Fixodent Zinc Poisoning Lawsuit

Most people are not even aware that denture creams contain this potentially-dangerous ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require disclosure of the potential for denture cream zinc poisoning on these products. Our Fixodent Poligrip zinc poisoning nerve damage lawyers believe that the manufacturers of these products have failed to warn consumers of their toxic properties, and we intend to hold them accountable for this negligence.

Poligrip Fixodent Zinc Poisoning

Approximately 35 million Americans  wear dentures, most of whom are elderly.  Because of inadequate or non-existent warnings, the zinc poisoning from denture creams has the potential to become a major public health disaster.  Patient advocates have pushed for greater disclosure about zinc hazards related to denture cream, but as of now, manufacturers have failed to provide adequate warnings.

Exposure to excess zinc can lead to unexplained weakness, numbness, loss of sensation or other nerve symptoms.  Denture cream users who experience such symptoms should consult their doctor. Tests for zinc levels in the blood can determine quickly if denture cream hyperzincemia is to blame. If not detected early and treated, the effects of zinc poisoning can be permanent.

Severe zinc poisoning can lead to neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves. Symptoms of neuropathy vary, but may include numbness or tingling in the feet, legs, hands, and/or arms; a reduction in  strength or ability to move  legs or feet, or arms and hands; unexplained pain in the extremities; a tendency to stumble or fall down; instability and lack of balance; or a change or decrease in  walking stride.

The neurological problems caused by excess exposure to the zinc contained in dental creams can be devastating.  In some cases, patients suffering from zinc poisoning have been confined to wheelchairs. While stopping the use of denture cream with zinc results in improvement of zinc levels in the blood of most patients, victims may only experience a mild improvement of their symptoms. 

These injuries are  preventable, but the manufacturers of denture creams have neglected to included stronger warnings about zinc poisoning on the products' labels. The failure to do so has left many denture cream users disabled and unable to work, at a time when they may be facing significant medical bills.   For that reason, our denture cream zinc poisoning lawyers will work hard to make sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

Report on Denture Creams and Zinc Poisoning

In August 2008, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas reported on four patients who suffered from neuropathy and other neurological problems associated with zinc poisoning.  All were denture cream users.  The article, published in "Neurology", noted that one tube of denture cream should last 3 to 10 weeks,  but patients in the report were all using at least two tubes a week. Three had also lost their teeth at a relatively young age, meaning they had  used "extremely large amounts of denture adhesive daily for years."

The researchers tested the denture creams the four patients used, and found zinc concentrations between 17,000 and 34,000 micrograms per gram.  Based on the patients' denture cream use, the researchers estimated that they were exposed to at least 330 mg of zinc daily, far more than the recommended daily allowance of 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men. The National Academy of Sciences stated in 2001 that the largest daily tolerable zinc intake is 40 mg.

According to the University of Texas researchers, all of the patients had abnormally high levels of zinc in their blood, accompanied by abnormally low levels of copper.  Normal blood levels of copper range from 0.75 to 1.45 micrograms per milliliter (mL), but levels for the patients in the report ranged from less than 0.1 to 0.23 micrograms per mL.  The top normal number for zinc blood levels is 1.10 micrograms per mL, but patients had levels ranging from 1.36 to 4.28 micrograms per mL.

To treat symptoms, one patient took copper supplements but didn't stop using denture cream. His copper levels improved, but his zinc levels remained too high and he showed no improvement in his neurological symptoms. A second patient, who took copper supplements and stopped using denture cream showed improvement in copper and zinc levels, but no improvement in neurological symptoms.

Another  patient's neurological symptoms included weakness in the hands and poor balance, while another had weakness in her arms and legs that made her wheelchair dependent, along with cognitive decline and urinary incontinence. These patients showed "mild neurological improvement" after they quit using denture cream and began taking copper supplements.

Individuals with ill-fitting dentures may use excess cream in order to secure their dentures. The University of Texas researchers recommended that patients facing this problem seek professional help, and possibly have their dentures replaced, in order to avoid using too much denture cream.  Unfortunately, as our denture cream zinc poisoning lawyers have found, manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the amount or type of zinc in their products.  This makes it impossible for consumers to assess the hazard of zinc poisoning caused by denture creams.

Poligrip Fixodent Legal Help for Victims of Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning - Fixodent Poligrip Zinc Poisoning Lawsuit

If you or someone you love suffers from dental neuropathy,  denture cream hypocupremia, denture cream hypocupremia, denture creams numbness or additional neurological symptoms that you believe were caused by zinc in denture creams, you have valuable legal rights.  Please fill out our online form or call 1-800 YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak to a Poligrip Fixodent zinc poisoning side effects lawsuit lawyer at our firm.

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Few Aware That Zinc in Denture Creams Pose Health Risk

Jun 28, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Scores of denture wearers who have suffered unexplained neurological injuries are now only beginning to realize that zinc-containing denture creams could be to blame for their ailments. Excessive exposure to zinc, which is used as a bonding agent and odor blocker in Procter & Gamble’s Fixodent, and until recently, GlaxoSmithKline’s Super Poligrip line, can cause copper depletion and eventually nerve damage. The human body does need zinc – but only in small amounts. Studies...

Procter & Gamble Cautions on Zinc in Fixodent

Mar 17, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Without much fanfare, Procter & Gamble has begun cautioning consumers about zinc in Fixodent denture creams on it Web site, http://www.dentureliving.com/. The new information states that some reports suggest that excessive and prolonged zinc intake may be linked to adverse health effects. Proctor & Gamble also began shipping Fixodent with updated label instructions on how to apply the product. Excessive exposure to zinc in denture creams has been associated with neurological injuries...

ADA Issues Statement on Zinc in Denture Creams

Mar 2, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
The American Dental Association (ADA) has weighed in on the controversy surrounding  zinc-containing denture creams. In a  statement issued February 19, the ADA said case reports in the scientific literature indicate a possible association between excessive use of zinc-containing denture creams and neurological and hematological problems.  The organization said it would continue to monitor the issue. The ADA advised denture wearers to see their dentists if their dentures do not...

Glaxo to Stop Manufacture, Distribution and Advertising of Super PoliGrip Products with Zinc

Feb 18, 2010
Glaxo to Stop Manufacture, Distribution and Advertising of Super PoliGrip Products with Zinc On February 18, 2010, GlaxoSmithKline announced it would voluntarily stop the manufacture, distribution and advertising of three Super PoliGrip denture cream products that contain zinc. GlaxoSmithKline said it had made the decision because recent publications suggest an excessive intake of zinc-containing denture adhesives, such as the Super PoliGrip products, over several...

Young Woman A Victim of PoliGrip Zinc Poisoning

Feb 9, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Denture cream zinc poisoning can affect anyone who has used zinc-containing denture adhesives over a long period of time.  According to an article on Time.com, one woman in her twenties has claimed that zinc poisoning from denture cream caused her to become permanently disabled.  Elizabeth Gilley has filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of PoliGrip, over her injuries.Gilley wore dentures from a young age because a genetic condition had ruined her teeth. She had used a denture...

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