A study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has recently linked Fixodent, Super Poligrip, and other denture creams to Hypocupremia, or abnormally low levels of copper in the blood. The study, titled, “An unusual source of excess zinc, leading to hypocupremia and neurologic disease, was published in the August 2008 edition of the journal “Neurology.”

Many denture creams, such as Fixodent, Poligrip and Super Poligrip, contain the mineral zinc. Although zinc is an essential part of a healthy diet, excessive zinc intake is toxic and can lead to serious side effects, including Hypocupremia. Symptoms of Hypocupremia caused by excessive zinc in denture creams may include:

  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lethargy
  • anemia
  • dizziness

Unfortunately, many of the more than 35 million Americans who wear dentures are unaware of the link between denture adhesive creams and Hypocupremia, as the Fixodent, Poligrip and Super Poligrip labels do not contain warnings about denture cream zinc poisoning or copper depletion.  Indeed, Procter & Gamble’s Fixodent label does not even identify zinc as a substance contained in the adhesive. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) classifies most denture creams as Class I medical devices and, therefore, denture cream manufacturers have considerable discretion as to how much they disclose to consumers.  Our denture cream hypocupremia lawyers believe that the manufacturers have violated their state law duties to warn consumers about potential zinc poisoning (zinc toxicity), copper deficiency and neuropathy and are actively counserling clients as to whether they should file denture cream hypocupremia lawsuits.

Denture Cream Hypocupremia (Copper Deficiency) Lawsuits

At least two denture cream hypocupremia lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline, the company that makes Poligrip and Super Poligrip. One other lawsuit has reportedly settled out of court for a confidential amount. As awareness about the link between denture creams and serious side effects, such as Hypocupremia, continues to rise, the number of Fixodent and Super Poligrip Hypocupremia lawsuits will likely dramatically increase.

Our lawyers believe that denture cream manufacturers should be held accountable for their failures to warn consumers of the risk of Hypocupremia and other serious side effects. If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, or another brands of denture creams and suffers from serious side effects, such as Hypocupremia, you should contact one of our denture cream lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.  You may be able to file a denture cream lawsuit, including a Fixodent lawsuit, Poligrip lawsuit and/or Super Poligrip Lawsuit.

Published November 17, 2011 by