I, too, have read about 'zinc poisoning', 'zinc toxicity', and 'zinc overdosing' related to denture adhesives.
For some, this caused panic and hypochondriacal symptoms. "OMG! They poisoned me! I'm gonna die"!
Just so you know, Fixodent (and all other denture products, as well as every other OTC medication/product) has the ingredients AND directions for usage right on the box as required by the FDA ! The problem is that there are people out there who fail to read the lable and/or follow those directions. THAT is what causes the poisoning, toxicity, and overdosing! NOT the product or its ingredients!
Are you aware that plain Asprin can potentially cause abnormal bleeding? Or that Tylenol can potentially cause liver damage? And, although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements may cause: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal bloating and cramps, headache, insomnia and, kidney stones? And caffeine overdose can cause breathing trouble, changes in alertness, confusion, convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, hallucinations, increased thirst, increased urination, irregular heartbeat, muscle twitching, rapid heartbea, sleeping trouble, and vomiting?
Sometimes denture adhesives contain zinc to enhance adhesion. The zinc was part of a polymer salt that enhanced the product's adhesive properties. It's been replaced with a salt based on calcium, sodium and cellulose gum. So, yes, zinc free products will have decreased bonding capabilities.
Overuse of zinc-containing denture adhesives, especially when combined with dietary supplements that contain zinc and other sources of zinc, can contribute to an excess of zinc in your body; and an excess of zinc in the body can lead to health problems such as nerve damage, especially in the hands and feet. This damage appears slowly, over an extended period of time.
The FDA has not found conclusive evidence that these problems result from using zinc-containing denture adhesive as instructed in the product labeling.
If you are 'scared' to use the products containing zinc, simply avoid them! If you want the secure hold the products with zinc will provide you, use them! But use them AS DIRECTED.
As adults, it is OUR responsibility to know what we are putting into our bodies and what effects they could have. It is also OUR responsibilities to either use or avoid these products as deemed fit for us as individuals.
Shame on me! I rinsed down my Cardizem ( a cardiac med that slows my heart rate) with a cup of coffee containing caffeine, which speeds up my heartbeat! Should I avoid coffee? Absolutely! But, that is a choice I made for myself.
Will I use a denture adhesive containing zinc? Possibly? If the zinc-free product doesn't work for me, I will most likely change. But, I WILL follow the directions on the package!
If you still aren't sure, consult your Primary Care Physician and have a blood level drawn for zinc so you have a baseline to go on.
Remember, if you choose to abuse the product, it is YOUR fault if you develop negative effects, NOT the manufacturer's fault!
You have the information available to you; use it at your discretion.
... Quietly, steps down from my soapbox and refills my coffee cup (by choice).
Fyllis just wondering what line of work are you in? Medical...legal...or maybe work for fixodent. You do have a lot of accurate facts. Thank you.
right now nothing is working for mine...zinc ...no zinc...secure...fixodent...nothing stays when i eat..
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