Denture Creams Fixodent and Super Poligrip Connected to Zinc Poisoning
Over the past few years, more and more cases of zinc poisoning caused by excessive use of denture creams Fixodent and Super Poligrip have inflicted on trusting consumers symptoms of lethargy, ataxia, copper depletion, and a neurological disorder called neuropathy. Over 35 million Americans wear dentures. Most users are oblivious to the fact that denture adhesives can be dangerous and cause such a serious condition as neuropathy. The Food and Drug Administration does not require denture creams like Fixodent and Super Poligrip, as Class I medical devices, to warn that excessive use can cause zinc poisoning and neurological issues. Zinc is not even mentioned as a substance enclosed in Fixodent’s denture adhesive.
Perhaps the most shocking health problem caused by these defective products is neuropathy, which can leave victims permanently disabled or dependent on a wheelchair or walker. Symptoms of neuropathy may include but are not limited to:
- Abnormal blood pressure and heart rate
- Unexplained pain, numbness or tingling in hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Decrease in strength or ability to move arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bladder dysfunction
- Instability or lack of balance resulting in tendency to fall or stumble
- Reduced capability to perspire
- Decrease or change in walking stride
It has been seen in some cases of zinc poisoning caused by denture creams that symptoms mimic other disorders like multiple sclerosis. This is why seeking a blood test may be helpful in determining if a denture cream user is having neurological problems as a result of copper depletion and zinc poisoning. Taking in too much or too little of either zinc or copper in the body is enough to set off anyone’s neurological balance. If zinc poisoning is not discovered early for an individual to be treated as soon as possible, permanent effects such as numbness of limbs and nerve damage can result.
Manufactures such as Fixodent and Super Poligrip should be held accountable for failing to warn consumers of the zinc toxicity in their product. How many more people need to suffer serious injury before something is done? Consumers put their trust and their lives in the hands of products they buy and use, expecting that manufacturers created a safe product free of imposing compromising risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered symptoms of neuropathy, other conditions mentioned above, or any other adverse health reactions from using Fixodent and Super Poligrip denture creams or any other denture brand, the skilled Pennsylvania product liability attorneys at Cherry Injury Law can help. We have the knowledge and experience to help you prove that the product was in fact defective, was used in a reasonable manner, and was the cause of the harmful injury. Call us today for a free consultation.
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