No one should endure the ravages of nerve damage or an enfeebling nerve disorder known as neuropathy…especially if they were preventable. Our law firm is committed to assisting you with retribution for damages caused by zinc poisoning associated with the well- known denture cream Fixodent.
Normally, one tube of denture cream should last about three to ten weeks, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas who ascertained that excessive amounts used could cause nerve damage and neuropathy.
Their study appeared in the medical journal Neurology after following four denture-wearing patients who developed nerve damage after using more than the recommended application of adhesive on a daily basis. Actually, the subjects admitted to using at least two tubes per week. Three users lost their teeth at a young age so they had been applying large amounts of denture cream daily for many years.
Based on the patients’ product use, the researchers calculated that each was exposed to at least 330 mg of daily zinc, an excessive amount for both men and women.
The norm is 8 mg for women and 10 mg for men. As a probable result, all four patients exhibited symptoms of nerve damage from the high levels of zinc in the blood and abnormally low copper levels.
Unknown to most denture users, denture cream contains zinc. Zinc paired with copper (in the body) regulates a lot of the body’s neurological activity but used in excess can lead to zinc poisoning and copper depletion. The end result could be life-threatening nerve damage including neuropathy, a painful, permanent nerve disorder.
Classic warning signs of zinc poisoning could include tingling in the extremities, balance problems, loss of ability to move hands, arms, feet or legs, and decrease in walking stride. However, these maladies are also attributed to other disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
Neuropathy, the most severe health concern linked to Fixodent, displays the above symptoms plus often the following: abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, sexual dysfunction, and constipation or bladder issues.
Neuropathy is caused by damaged nerves…often a result of poor nutrition or diabetes. Sometimes it can be a reaction to toxins or particular drugs, such as chemotherapy. Toxic levels of zinc from Fixodent certainly qualify.
Unfortunately, most of the 35 million Americans who perform their morning denture ritual never imagine a well-known product could be harming them. If their teeth seem a little loose, they apply more cream…day after day…and they wonder why they are experiencing unexplained symptoms. See your health care professional and get a blood test to determine if you have zinc poisoning.
Fixodent and other denture creams are in the cushy category of Class 1 medical devices…. meaning the Food and Drug Administration does not require warning labels that simply state excessive amounts could lead to zinc poisoning and neurological nightmares. It’s not right.
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