Dental creams like Fixodent are associated with high levels of zinc in the blood. Too much zinc can cause zinc poisoning and deplete the body of copper. This can result in a condition called denture cream neuropathy. If you suspect denture cream neuropathy, your first step should be to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Let your doctor know that you think your symptoms might be linked to your use of denture cream.
Your doctor will be able to order medical tests that will help determine if zinc poisoning from denture cream is causing your neurological symptoms. Make sure that you have your blood tested for zinc within a week of stopping the use of your denture cream.
Tests for elevated zinc levels include:
- A serum zinc blood test
- A serum copper blood test
- A 24-hour urine test for zinc
- A 24-hour urine test for copper
- A blood test for ceruloplasmin
If your doctor is not willing to do the tests, get a second opinion. Your health should be your top priority.
If these tests show unusually high levels of zinc in your blood, you may be eligible to file a denture cream injury claim against Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Fixodent. Take the following steps to protect your injury claim.
- Ask for a copy of your lab test results.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Go to any follow-up appointments.
- Keep notes of your symptoms and describe the outcome of any medical treatments.
- Keep track of your medical expenses. You may be able to claim compensation for your medical bills. Keep track of any other economic losses related to your condition, including lost wages.
- Order a copy of our free report, Denture Cream: What You Need to Know About It.
Discuss your case with a Quad Cities pharmaceutical injury attorney. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752 to schedule a free consultation.