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« on: March 13, 2009, 07:50:59 AM »

http://www.resource4thepeople.com/defectivedrugs/denturecreme.html

Fixodent, Polident Denture Cream Linked to Zinc Poisoning & Neuropathy
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Two companies have formulated and released products designed to make dentures secure in the mouth.

Recent news has placed two corporate giants under intense scrutiny from the government and trial attorneys around the United States.  These companies are GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Polident, and Procter & Gamble Co., maker of Fixodent.  Both of these products are extremely popular, but both have recently been linked to serious side effects in those who have used them.

Denture Cream Risk - Zinc Poisoning
The basic issue that users of these two products are encountering involves zinc poisoning and zinc toxicity. Because many users of these denture creams have poor fitting dentures require the denture wearer to increase the amount of cream needed to secure the dentures.  This can lead to an increase of zinc in the body.

Neuropathy Linked to Zinc Toxicity
Denture cream brands like PoliGrip and Fixodent, contain zinc, which if ingested in large amounts, can lead to neurological problems and even a nerve disorders like neuropathy.

Zinc can be an intestinal irritant, and common signs of zinc poisoning may include intestinal distress such as vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.

Other symptoms of zinc poisoning can be low blood pressure, urine retention, jaundice, seizures, joint pain, fever, coughing, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2009, 07:03:38 PM »

Another link that discusses this issue.  Apparently, a study to make the connection between the use of the denture adhesives and the neuro problems was released in August, 2008.  This is clearly problem of overuse.  It was found that people were using AT LEAST 2 TUBES of the stuff PER WEEK, when 1 tube should last between 3 and 10 weeks with normal use. 


     http://healthfieldmedicare.suite101.com/article.cfm/neuropathy_from_zinc_in_denture_creams

One can avoid the problem by using the product as directed, and seeing your dentist if your dentures don't fit properly.  The poison is the dose!
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2009, 09:47:28 PM »

Whoa. The consumer is to blame if the manufacturer bases the product
on a formula that potentially can do serious health harm to the consumer if used
too much. Is it possible there's a safer alternative formula that would not do this
health damage at all? Consumers need to be responsible in using products.
So do manufacturers in formulating them.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009, 10:15:44 PM »

The truth is that you can overdose on just about any product on the market.  Just about nothing is really safe if used in excessive amounts.  Maybe there is another formulation for the denture cream, but any other ingredient used in it instead could also be harmful in excessive amounts.  Even ingredients in so-called natural products can be harmful if too much is consumed.  It is just the nature of chemicals - a little can be very good and helpful and too much can be deadly.

ETA:  Example, there is a product on the market called Cold-EZE.  It is a homeopathic cold remedy that is supposed to reduce the duration and severity of colds.  The active ingredient is Zinc Gluconate.  Taken as directed, it is safe.  But, if one would consume many, many more than recommended, it probably would produce the same results as the denture cream over time.  In either case, it probably does take prolonged use to cause harm.  My own parents used these denture creams for years and years and never had any adverse effects.  It certainly should be made known that there is a potential for problems when the denture creams are misused, but that does not make it a bad product.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2009, 11:11:13 PM »

Link to website of Fixodent FAQs.  On this page you can click on a link to National Institutes of Health information page about Zinc.

       http://www.fixodent.com/questions-and-answers.php
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2009, 06:27:07 AM »



Poco I totally agree with you regarding the labelling problem.

Any product can be abused/over-used. However there should be warnings on tha package that advise the consumer of potential problems or at least a proper usage guideline. Toothpaste carries a warning such as :

"Do not swallow. Children under 6 years of age should only use a pea-sized amount and be supervised while brushing"

IMO ALL products with potential for dangerous side-effects (which is pretty well everything) should carry AT LEAST a similar instruction, preferably with an explanation as to what can happen if not used as directed. When you buy pharmaceuticals they have directions and a listing for any possible side-effects to watch for. Anything that is ingested or can be absorbed into the body should have the same advisories.

I believe the toothpaste blurb is there because it involves younger children, but a lot of adults, especially seniors still have a very trusting attitude for "name brand" products. Can't remember how many times I have heard someone say.."well it is made by XX company, so it must be good/safe".

Instead of being worried that warnings would scare people off, the companies should be more concerned about protecting the public health..either by developing products that WON'T hurt people, or by warning them of possible side-effects/consequences of using their product.

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2009, 09:42:09 AM »

My point exactly in saying "whoa." Real tired of the attitude that if it can be
invented by the food or drug or cosmetics/personal care industry, probably as
a cost-cutting measure, all inventions should be used unless they can be proven
scientifically unsafe as consumers it seems to me have become the lab rats.

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2009, 07:32:32 PM »

My point exactly in saying "whoa." Real tired of the attitude that if it can be
invented by the food or drug or cosmetics/personal care industry, probably as
a cost-cutting measure, all inventions should be used unless they can be proven
scientifically unsafe as consumers it seems to me have become the lab rats.




Unfortunately 3catkidneyfailure we and our furkids have taken over the dubious "honor" of becoming lab rats. Perhaps the financial cost of lab rats is prohibitive and us human "rats" and our furkids are more expendible......Huh??

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