Report: Fixodent and Nerve Damage

If you use Fixodent denture cream, a class action lawsuit is alleging that you may face more serious problems than wobbly false chompers. Lawyers for two former denture cream users are accusing Proctor & Gamble of manufacturing a product that made their clients extremely ill, reports ABC News. The alleged cause – the product’s use […]

If you use Fixodent denture cream, a class action lawsuit is alleging that you may face more serious problems than wobbly false chompers.

Lawyers for two former denture cream users are accusing Proctor & Gamble of manufacturing a product that made their clients extremely ill, reports ABC News.

The alleged cause – the product’s use of zinc.

Mark Jacoby, a 41-year-old construction worker who wore dentures for 20 years, told ABC News that he belives his debilitating neurological illness is due to the high zinc content in his Fixodent.

Anne Coffman, 48, claims that the product caused numbness in her limbs. Coffman was eventually diagnosed with zinc poisoning, a condition in which high zinc levels interfere with the body’s absorption of copper, which can lead to irreversible neurological problems.

“[Fixodent] is the only product that I’ve ever used that had zinc in it,” Coffman said.

Both Jacoby and Coffman use wheelchairs now. They are both plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Proctor & Gamble.

There have been previous studies linking denture users with neurological disease.

“They had high zinc levels that we could measure in the blood,” Dr. Sharon Nations, author of a study in the journal Neurology told ABC News. “And all of them reported that they were using very large amounts of denture cream.”

In 2009, Proctor & Gamble added a warning label to its Fixodent packaging, warning that “prolonged zinc intake may be linked to adverse health effects.” Proctor & Gamble is defending its product vigorously against allegations.

“Our Fixodent formula has undergone extensive scientific testing, and we continuously monitor for its safe use,” the company wrote in a statement to ABC News. “We know of no valid scientific evidence that using Fixodent as directed causes any ill health effects.”

Fixodent hasn’t been the only denture cream to use zinc.

Last June, the drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Super Poligrip announced that it would remove zinc from its products in the U.S.

That company has also been embroiled in lawsuits, alleging nerve damage.

 

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