March 9, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Generic nameDental adhesiveDate approvedZinc products don’t need approvalManufacturerGlaxoSmithKlineStatusOn the marketSerious side effectsZinc poisoning (hyperglycemia)Copper depletion or copper deficiency (hypocupremia)NeuropathyNerve damageOther neurological side effectsWhat is Poligrip Denture Cream?It is a denture adhesive manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.Who uses it, and for what condition?More than 35 million Americans use denture cream to affix dentures in their mouths.How does denture cream work?It holds dentures in place.Fixodent, Poligrip, Super Poligrip and other denture creams contain zinc and have recently been linked to several serious, and potentially life-threatening, side effects:Zinc poisoning (hyperglycemia)Copper depletion or copper deficiency (hypocupremia)NeuropathyOther neurological side effectsDenture wearers often use too much denture cream and may even take zinc supplements, leading to excessive zinc in the system.Zinc poisoning symptoms mimic other neurological diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, and other disorders common in the elderly. Early treatment is the only way to reverse the damage, and waiting too long could eventually lead to permanent disability.What can you do?If you have used zinc-containing denture cream and experienced any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:Numbness or tingling in the extremitiesLoss of strength or ability to move the extremitiesUnexplained pain in the hands, feet, arms, or legsPersistent falling or stumblingLack of balanceAltered gaitAbnormal blood pressure and heart rateDecreased ability to sweatBowel and bladder dysfunctionIf you use denture cream excessively, you should ask your doctor to test your blood for zinc and copper levels. You also should have your dentures refitted so that you require less adhesive.If you or someone you love uses or have used Poligrip or another zinc-containing denture cream, and now suffer from neurological problems, please call our toll-free number 1-888-341-1405 to discuss your case with one of our personal injury lawyers.Trust our Massachusetts products liability attorneys to helpContact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-341-1405 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in Massachusetts defective medical device litigation. You have nothing to risk. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.