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The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of people who have developed neuropathy and other neurological problems as a result of denture cream zinc poisoning. Our experience dealing with these claims stems from one of our partners, Andy Alonso, being Co-Lead Counsel on MDL 2051, In Re Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation currently pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division. Zinc-containing denture creams now being investigated by our personal injury lawyers include:
- Fixodent Denture Original Adhesive Cream
- Fixodent Complete Denture Adhesive Cream
- Super PoliGrip Ultra Fresh
- Super PoliGrip Extra Care Denture cream
- Super PoliGrip Denture Adhesive Cream
- Super PoliGrip Comfort Seal Denture Adhesive
- Super PoliGrip Denture Adhesive Smooth Cream
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in personal injury litigation, and understand the difficult road victims of denture cream zinc poisoning must travel. If you suffered neuropathy, nerve damage or disability because of a zinc-containing denture cream, you deserve compensation from the maker of that product. Filing a denture cream zinc poisoning lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your current and future medical needs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. The denture cream zinc poisoning lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to anyone who believes their neuropathy, nerve damage or disability resulted from excessive use of these products. To learn more about your legal options, please contact the denture cream zinc poisoning lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Denture Cream and Zinc Poisoning
Zinc is an important nutrient, but the human body requires only a small amount to meet its needs. Ingesting too much zinc can result in copper deficiency, leading to irreversible nerve damage and neuropathy. Symptoms of zinc poisoning include:
- Unexplained weakness
- 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
Many denture creams contain zinc, which acts as a bonding agent. Unfortunately, until very recently, most denture cream manufacturers failed to include a warning on the box or label informing consumers of the potential risk of zinc poisoning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require disclosure of the potential for denture cream zinc poisoning on these products. As a result, many people with ill-fitting dentures may use excessive amounts of zinc-containing denture creams to keep the appliances in place, never knowing that they are putting their health at risk.
In August 2008, the journal Neurology reported on four patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper deficiency. All of the patients were frequent users of denture cream, and had high zinc blood levels along with copper deficiency. It was determined that excess use of zinc-containing dental creams could have been responsible for their symptoms.
In 2010, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Super PoliGrip denture cream, announced it was removing zinc from three of its products, citing reports of neurological injuries possibly associated with excessive exposure to zinc in the denture creams. Around the same time, Procter Gamble, the maker of Fixodent denture creams, altered the labels for those products to include a caution about overuse of denture cream. Fixodent products, however, are still made with zinc.
The FDA has not issued a consumer warning regarding the risk of zinc poisoning from denture creams. However, in a February 2011, the agency sent a letter to denture cream makers recommending that they take actions to mitigate the risks of zinc poisoning, including possibly replacing zinc with a safer ingredient.
If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from denture cream zinc poisoning, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Blood tests can determine if your zinc levels are too high, and if you are suffering from copper deficiency.
Learn More About Filing A Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning Lawsuit
If you believe you or a loved one could be suffering from denture cream zinc poisoning, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the denture cream zinc poisoning lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling us.