Name: Fixodent Denture Adhesive
Manufacturer: Proctor and Gamble
Approved uses: Denture Adhesive
Common malfunction: Zinc Poisoning
• Copper Deficicies resulting in serious neurological disorders
• Skin reactions
• Gastrointestinal disturbances
• Liver dysfunction
• Shaking chills
Common Misspellings: Fixadent, fixident, fix o dent, fix-o-dent, denture adhesive
Fixodent Zinc Poisoning
Fixodent is a denture adhesive manufactured by Proctor and Gamble. Recent reports have indicated that Fixodent may be responsible for Zinc Poisoning among its users. Zinc Poisoning is characterized by skin reactions, stomach problems, liver dysfunction, fever, shaking, chills, and in rare cases, copper deficiencies, which can lead to serious neurological problems. Although P&G has claimed that the Fixodent is safe if used as directed, many Fixodent Lawsuits have been filed nonetheless. For more information on filing a potential Fixodent claim, contact a Fixodent attorney for a FREE case evaluation.
Fixodent Lawsuits Filed over Zinc Toxicty
At first the symptoms are so mild that many patients ignore them – rashes, upset stomachs, weakness – but as the symptoms progress, many doctors are at a loss on how to diagnose many of their otherwise healthy patients. Many patients have reported an decrease in the ability to perform daily functions, including caring for children or going to work. Many doctors were at a loss to explain serious neurological problems, liver dysfunction, skin reactions and gastrointestinal complications.
However the answer is easy: Zinc poisoning from denture cream.
Fixodent has been named in several lawsuits as a denture adhesive responsible for zinc poisoning. Proctor and Gamble, the manufacturer has maintained that the product is safe if used as directed, despite being named in several lawsuits.
Zinc is used to help bond dentures to the gums, although the lawsuits state P&G was aware of the dangerous side effects associated with an abundance of Zinc in the diet, but continue to manufacture the product regardless.
Although zinc is essential for your health, an over abundance of zinc in the body can suppress copper and iron absorption, which can lead to serious health complications, including effecting cholesterol levels, kidney and liver function and neurological functioning. Copper deficiencies impact red blood cell, bone and collagen production, a lack of which can result in anemia and other nervous system problems.
Because dental adhesives are over-the-counter products, many consumers assume the products are safer than prescription alternatives, in part because of the less rigorous approval Food and Drug Administration standards. Lawsuit plaintiffs have stated that it was unclear how much is an acceptably safe amount to use. And more often than not, consumers use more than the recommended amount to make their dentures fit better, unaware of the dangerous side effects.
GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Poligrip, has also been named in several suits. In March 2010, GSK voluntarily recalled all Poligrip products that contain zinc in Japan following three reports of adverse side effects. The product has not been recalled from American markets despite several lawsuits. GSK has agreed to remove zinc from denture adhesives, however the company is not planning to restock the shelves of stores that continue to sell Poligrip with zinc as it has been deemed safe is used as directed.
However, denture creams are characterized by long-term use. Many are concerned that prolonged, daily exposure to zinc can cause serious side effects to develop over time, even if only used as directed.
Neurologists have found that even amount patients that take copper supplements to offset the zinc were still affected by the neurological problems, long after their zinc and copper levels returned to normal.
Individuals who have experienced complications related to zinc poisoning from denture cream are encouraged to contact a Fixodent attorney for a FREE case evaluation.