Zinc in Denture Cream Causes Neurological Problems, Lawsuit Says

Zinc in Denture Cream Causes Neurological Problems, Lawsuit SaysA class-action toxic substances lawsuit has been filed against Proctor & Gamble over the company's denture adhesive, Fixodent, by consumers who claim that use of the product gave them neurological damage.

Among the plaintiffs in the class-action suit are Mark Jacoby and Anne Coffman, both of whom say they used Fixodent, according to ABC News. They began to feel strange sensations, such as tingling in the extremities, and general weakness and balance problems while using the cream, the toxic substances lawsuit states. They are both confined to wheelchairs now and say they struggle to perform everyday tasks.

After testing, both were diagnosed with zinc poisoning, which can result in irreversible neurological damage by interfering with the absorption of copper in the body. The zinc, the plaintiffs claim, was absorbed into their body from prolonged use of the denture adhesive manufactured by the defendant.

"I don't know if you can put a dollar value on my health or anybody else's, for that matter," Coffman told ABC News' Chris Cuomo. "I would prefer to see [the makers] take the zinc right out of the product … or take the product right off the market.

In addition to neurological damage, excess dosing of zinc has been reported to cause sideroblastic anemia, leukopenia, microcytic anemia, neutropenia, kidney and liver problems and a decreased level of "good" cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic.