Denture Creams such as Super Poligrip, Fixodent and Others, May Be Associated With Paralysis, Numbness, Tingling, Muscle Weakness And Other Neurological Issues.
Or You May Be Diagnosed With Zinc Poisoning, Reduced Copper Levels, Neuropathy, Anemia Or Bone Marrow Failure.
6/27/10-WFAA.com WFAA-TV|Dallas/Fort Worth - Health News - Zinc danger remains in denture paste "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.
"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.
3/10/10-Philadelphia Daily News - Zinc in dental adhesives can cause "horrific injuries," lawyer says. More Info...
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) warns about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of GSK?s zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip ?Original?, ?Ultra Fresh? and ?Extra Care?. More Info...
Press Release - 2/18/2010 - Parker Waichman LLP Commends GlaxoSmithKline for its Decision to Voluntarily Stop the Manufacture, Distribution and Advertising of all Super PoliGrip Denture Cream Products Made with Zinc.
Consumer Web Advisory - 2/18/2010 - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) warns about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of GSK's zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip 'Original', 'Ultra Fresh' and 'Extra Care'.
GlaxoSmithKline Stops Making 3 Super PoliGrip Products Because of Zinc Risks
The risk of zinc poisoning prompted GlaxoSmithKline to announce it would voluntarily stop manufacturing, marketing and advertising three zinc-containing Super PoliGrip denture cream products on February 18, 2010. The products affected by this announcement are: Super PoliGrip 'Original', 'Ultra Fresh' and 'Extra Care'.
Glaxo said it is currently in the process of reformulating Super PoliGrip 'Original', Super PoliGrip 'Ultra Fresh' and Super PoliGrip 'Extra Care' to non-zinc formulations. The new versions should be in stores by Mid April 2010.
A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet. However, recent research suggests that long-term excessive use of zinc-containing denture creams like the Super PoliGrip products may lead to the development of neurological symptoms. These may include numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulties with walking and balance and blood problems such as anemia.
Glaxo maintains that Super PoliGrip 'Original', 'Ultra Fresh? and 'Extra Care' are safe to use as directed, but noted that some consumers may apply more adhesive than directed, or use it more than once per day. In a statement posted on its Web site, Glaxo said it stopped the manufacture, distribution and advertising of the three zinc-containing Super PoliGrip products as a precautionary measure to minimize any potential risks to consumers. The company also said it had discussed the matter with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and no further action is necessary.
According to Glaxo's statement, consumers who have been using zinc-containing Super PoliGrip 'Original', 'Ultra Fresh' or 'Extra Care' for several years in greater amounts than directed on the package or more than once per day, or have concerns about their health, must:
- Stop using the product.
- Talk to their doctor.
- Use a zinc-free alternative.
This action does not affect any zinc-free Super PoliGrip products, including Super PoliGrip 'Free,' Super PoliGrip 'Comfort Seal Strips', or Super PoliGrip 'Powder'. These products remain available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about this action can call Glaxo toll free at 1-866-640-1017.
Denture Cream Neuropathy
Have you been diagnosed with copper deficiency, zinc poisoning, neuropathy or other neurological problems? Are you a denture wearer who has used denture cream, such as Poligrip and Fixodent, on a regular basis? You should know that your medical problems might be connected to the denture adhesive you use. Our law firm is actively investigating a tie between denture cream and nerve disorders, including neuropathy. We have determined that the makers of these potentially toxic products may have acted negligently by failing to warn of their dangers.
Excessive use of toxic dental cream can lead to permanent disability and even death. Yet this danger is not mentioned anywhere on the labels of popular denture creams, including Fixodent and Poligrip. With an estimated 35 million Americans using denture adhesives on a regular basis, denture cream neuropathy has the potential to become an enormous public health problem.
Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning
Most denture creams are made with zinc. Using too much of these adhesives over time can result in zinc poisoning, a condition that can lead to a host of other health woes. Unfortunately, many people with poor-fitting dentures use excessive amounts of denture cream every day. Because the makers of denture creams have failed to include appropriate cautions on their products, most of these people have no idea that the adhesive they are using might be poisoning them.
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.
Zinc poisoning injuries are preventable, but the manufacturers of dental 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 neuropathy lawyers will work hard to make sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Are You a Victim of Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning?
If you are a denture wearer and have been experiencing numbness, tingling, weakness or pain in your extremities, or you have been diagnosed with neuropathy, you might be suffering from denture cream neuropathy. If you suspect you are a victim of toxic dental cream, ask your doctor to test your blood for excess zinc. It is critical that you seek medical treatment for the symptoms of zinc overdose and that you contact an attorney to discover if you have any legal rights to pursue compensation for your current and future medical condition.
If you use denture cream, you need to be careful not to use too much. Unfortunately, the directions on the labels of most denture cream do not include a safe amount. But if you find yourself needing large amounts of adhesive to hold your dentures in place, you probably need to see your dentist. It is much safer to have your ill-fitting dentures adjusted than to risk exposing yourself to excessive amounts of zinc-containing denture cream.
Possible Misdiagnoses of Denture Cream Neuropathy
Denture cream neuropathy is often at first mistaken for other neurological disorders. That's because zinc copper deficiency can mimic the symptoms of many demyelinating diseases. A demyelinating disease is any illness that is caused by deterioration of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. The myelin sheath acts as a type of insulation for nerve cells, and without it the nervous system cannot function properly.
Some of the demyelinating diseases most often misdiagnosed in patients with denture cream neuropathy include:
Demyelinating Syndrome: A group of symptoms associated with the destruction of myelin of the neurons. Typical symptoms include odd sensation in legs, arms, chest, or face, such as tingling or numbness, or weakness; blurriness or double vision; loss of dexterity; and coordination problems. This syndrome can be associated with other diseases, such as lupus.
Multiple Sclerosis: An autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system, causing demyelination. Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and it is 2-to-3 times more common in women than men. Multiple sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose early in the course of the disease, because symptoms often come and go — sometimes disappearing for months. Because of this difficulty, doctors may at first think that a patient has Multiple Sclerosis, when in fact they are suffering from zinc copper deficiency.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: A disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all. When severe, a patient may suffer life-threatening paralysis.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP): A rare neurological disorder in which there is swelling of nerve roots and destruction of the myelin sheath over the nerves. This disorder causes weakness, paralysis and/or impairment in motor function, especially of the arms and legs. Sensory loss may also be present causing numbness, tingling, or prickling sensations. The motor and sensory impairments usually affect both sides of the body, and the degree of severity may vary.
All of these demyelinating disease can cause symptoms similar to those caused by denture cream neuropathy. These symptoms include numbness or tingling in the extremities; muscle weakness, muscle spasms, or difficulty in moving; difficulties with coordination and balance; problems in speech or swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, and bladder and bowel difficulties.
If you or someone you know has suffered from symptoms of a demyelinating disease and use denture cream, you should ask you doctor to test the zinc and copper levels in your blood. That way, your doctor can rule out zinc poisoning and copper deficiency before you begin treatment.
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Legal Help for Victims of Denture Cream Neuropathy
The denture cream neuropathy lawyers at our firm are currently offering free case evaluations to anyone suffering the symptoms of denture cream poisoning. If your neuropathy or neurological problems are the result of poisonous denture creams, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) to discuss your case with one of our experienced denture cream neuropathy lawyers.