Poligrip-Fixodent Denture Cream Investigation: Zinc Poisoning

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Medical tests can determine if zinc poisoning is the cause of your neurological symptoms. Consumers who suspect zinc poisoning should speak to a doctor as soon as possible to ensure that they receive the proper testing and treatment. To stay up to date about other possibly dangerous medical products, visit classaction.com.

Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning

  • Denture Cream FDA Classification: Class 1 - Manufacturers are not required to list ingredients on label.
  • Denture Cream Brands Containing Zinc: Fixodent, Poligrip, Super Poligrip, and others
  • Denture Cream Side Effects: Linked to Zinc Poisoning, Hyperzincemia, Hypocupremia, and Neurological Problems
  • Risk Factors: Ill-fitting dentures, chronic and/or excessive denture cream use
  • Commonly Misdiagnosed as: Demyelinating Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

Symptoms of Zinc Poisoning

Zinc Poisoning Symptoms may be signs of serious neurological problems and neuropathy, caused by the zinc in denture creams, such as Poligrip and Fixodent.

Zinc poisoning warning signs include:

  • Unexplained weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Poor balance
  • Lack of coordination
  • Unexplained pain
  • Weakness in the hands, arms or legs
  • Burning sensation
  • Feeling of wearing gloves or socks when the skin is bare

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you use Denture Cream regularly, you should get a blood test as soon as possible to find out if you are suffering from zinc poisoning.

Numbness and Tingling

Numbness, tingling, and unexplained weakness or pain may be symptoms of Zinc Poisoning or Neuropathy, which may result from excessive exposure to zinc, an ingredient found in popular denture cream brands Poligrip and Fixodent. While a small amount of zinc is necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, in excess it can cause copper depletion and serious neurological problems. Symptoms of copper depletion include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores
  • Anemia
  • Lethargy
  • Paleness

The Food and Drug Administration does not require denture cream manufacturers to disclose the potential toxic effects of denture cream use. In addition, some doctors misdiagnose denture cream side effects as other disorders and fail to test for zinc poisoning.

Medical Report: Denture Cream Risk

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center published a report linking denture cream to neurological problems in the medical journal Neurology in August 2008. The report states that denture cream use may have been responsible for symptoms of neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of copper depletion and zinc poisoning in several patients, and found that they were being exposed to about 330 mg of zinc daily. Exposure to toxic levels of zinc can cause unexplained weakness, numbness, and loss of sensation. Severe zinc poisoning can lead to neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves. Symptoms of neuropathy include numbness or tingling in the extremities; a loss of ability to move legs, feet, arms, or hands; unexplained pain in the extremities; poor balance; and a decrease in walking stride. If not detected early and treated effectively, the effects of zinc poisoning can be permanent and debilitating.

Approximately 35 million Americans wear dentures and use denture cream. Most are unaware of the potential health hazards posed by the zinc ingredient in these products. The lawyers at Morgan & Morgan take the position that the denture cream manufacturers failed to warn consumers that their products are potentially toxic and can cause serious neurological problems, including neuropathy. Because of this failure to warn, companies like Poligrip and Fixodent should be held accountable for the damages and suffering experienced by those who are injured by their products. Denture cream lawsuits were filed to ensure that denture cream zinc poisoning victims obtained fair compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, lost time at work, emotional suffering, and more.

Medical Testing Protocol for Zinc Poisoning

If you suspect zinc poisoning due to the potentially toxic effects of denture cream use, it is essential that you have your blood tested for zinc within one week of stopping denture cream use. The following medical tests may be used by a physician to determine if your denture cream has exposed you to excessive amounts of zinc:

  • A serum Zinc blood test
  • A serum Copper blood test
  • A 24-hour urine test for Zinc
  • A 24-hour urine test for Copper
  • A blood test for ceruloplasmin

In order to receive compensation for injuries due to zinc exposure from denture cream, these tests must be performed and their results must indicate the presence of inordinately high quantities of zinc in the blood of the consumer.

About Morgan & Morgan

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