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Super Poligrip Recall: GlaxoSmithKline to Remove Zinc from Denture Adhesives

Harvey Kirk

Facing increasing pressure from zinc poisoning lawsuits and critics calling for a Super Poligrip recall, GlaxoSmithKline has announced that it will discontinue all Super Poligrip denture adhesives that contain zinc.

>>INFORMATION: Super Poligrip Zinc Poisoning Lawsuits

The company issued the announcement on Thursday, saying that it plans to replace Super Poligrip Original, Super Poligrip Ultra Fresh and Super Poligrip Extra Care denture adhesives with zinc-free alternatives. After claiming for years that there was no risk of problems with zinc in Poligrip, Glaxo acknowledged that their popular products could increase the risk of zinc poisoning, neuropathy and other neurological injuries:

“We are taking these actions because we have become aware of potential health problems associated with the long-term excessive use of our zinc-containing denture adhesive products.”

This is a change of tune for a company that has been defending a growing number of denture adhesive lawsuits, which claim that the zinc contained in Poligrip can enter the body at high levels. This can deplete copper levels, resulting in the development of neuropathy and other neurological injuries caused by zinc poisoning. Symptoms can include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling or Pain (Pins and Needles Sensation)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Unexplained Pain
  • Loss of Balance
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Loss of Sensation
  • Paralysis

Similar lawsuits over Fixodent denture cream are also being pursued against Proctor and Gamble, who indicates that they have no plans to issue a Fixodent recall to remove denture adhesives with zinc from the market. Proctor and Gamble officials maintain that Fixodent denture adhesives are safe, as they contain less zinc than Super Poligrip. However, plaintiffs who have suffered zinc poisoning from Fixodent will establish that the denture adhesive is also unnecessarily dangerous, and that better warnings should have been provided to users of both Fixodent and Super Poligrip about the potential side effects of the denture cream.

SUPER POLIGRIP RECALL LAWSUITS

Potential Fixodent and Super Poligrip lawsuits are pending throughout the United States on behalf individuals who have been diagnosed with elevated zinc levels or depleted copper in the blood that may have been caused by use of the denture cream. Using large amounts or using the product over a long period of time, may increase the risk of a user suffering debilitating injuries from zinc poisoning.

To have a potential case reviewed by our Super Poligrip recall lawyers on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

36 Comments Add Your Comments

  1. I STOPPED USING THE FIXODENT AFTER 3 YEARS AND STARTED USING POLIGRIP AND THE NERVE PROBLEM STAYED THE SAME,I HAVE TREMORS NOW, ALONG WITH THE NEUROPATHY.

  2. I’ve been using super poligrip since 2002 that’s now been 8 year’s and I do Have full Denture’s. As of today I have stopped!!!!!!!

    This is Bad and I’m upset!!! And this need’s to be Delt with…

  3. I have been using Poligrip for the past 6 yrs. and am now experiencing muscle weakness an loss of balance on more than one occasion. Will stop using this product and hopefully things will improve.

  4. This is very upsetting to me as I have been using Poligrip now for 11 years. No doctors have been able to tell me why I cannot retain balance, am muscle weak and have UNEXPLAINED tingling in my limbs. I had no idea…..now it’s in all denture adhesives? or just poligrip amd fixodent? What else is there? and how do we know the zinc levels aren’t just as high in those brands as well. I am mad, this is ridiculous.

  5. I too have neopathy and some tingling sometimes along with akin numbness. My Dr. said my skin rash could be from neeopathy but didn’t mention where the skin numbness came from.

  6. i have been using polygrip right at 27 years uppers and iput a bead
    about 1/8 wide the whole length .and have not noticed any thing ,out side of normal getting old things, i did cut down on amount .but thats all

  7. I have been using super poligrip 4 about 5 years I have had unexplained mild to extreme dizziness-severe loss of balance which basicly stops ones daily living.B12 level checked, inner ears checked,iodine level checked all these test came back just fine.I went to physical therapy for knee replacement. My physical therapist saw me on a regular basis(a lot more than a regular physician) I was told that my nervous system is all out of wack! I also drop things alot-really lack of coordination plus urinating has been awfully painful. I told my best friend and others that I just had this gut feeling about using super poligrip. Went to walmart yesterday and saw recall on the super poligrip label. I just now looked up why it was recalled and YES its all coming together and I will go get zinc and cooper levels checked!

  8. I have been using Super poli-grip for about 8 years to keep my partials in place. I have a job that requires much walking and around January I noticed I was losing my balance and having trouble walking in a straight line. I never imagined it could be related to Poligrip!!

  9. i have been using super polygrip and polygrip ultra for 24 yrs without a problem sounds to me like to many people jumping on the compensation bandwagon i would gladly still use it

  10. What else are the medico’s going to do to us???? My wife and I thought it was just age related, dizzy, tingling, neuropathy and just feeling lousy.

  11. Annonymous says:

    I only noticed that Polygrip Ultra had been taken off the shelves recently too, I have been using it for about 6 years, and found no ill effects at all…I find that the normal one doesnt hold the dentures in all day, and find the need to reapply after maybe 13-14 hours…

  12. Brendan says:

    I have used super poligrip for 9-10 years, have had no ill effects, and am just wondering when it will be available again, as it is the only adhesive thats worked, the standard pink one, not the others, that do not work as well!

  13. I have used super poligrip for 20 plus yrs,have never had any side effects. NOw i cant find it and the other stuff doesnt work for me at all.When will we be able to get the original again? im using 3x as much of the other kind. thank you kathy

  14. I have been using super poligrip for over 15 years. It seems that it is the only one that works for me. I want it back as I don’t b3elieve that I’m the only one without these terrible symptoms. It sounds like lawyers are more involved than doctors and we see what lawyers are doing to our health plans.

  15. I just recently noticed that poligrip was taken off the shelves at my local krogers. I havent been anywhere since the end of march due to severe leg pain, weakness tingling and an unexplained feeling in my legs like im being shocked with electricity. Also severe headaches and for about a year i noticed different times at work i had trouble walking in a straight line and im always dropping things. Ive had a doppler test done on legs, mri done and everything comes back fine. now im being sent to an orthopedic surgeon. im beginning to believe its the poligrip ive been using for the last 16 years on a daily basis. I havent been able to return to my job yet becaise the leg pain gets so severe after being up for awhile and the dizziness doesnt help either.

  16. my dad has used polygrip for 20 years and now he can barely walk he can’t stand on his own he’s always in pain and he hates his life now. i feel so bad for him, this sucks. i hope he gets his health back brfore my kids get older he can’t even play with them. thats the worst. i hope polygrip does something to help him.

  17. I have been using poligrip only 2 years, but I have noticed latley that I have been dizzy and diareea a lot, I think it is from swollowing soo much glue. If I had a good fit on my dentures I would not have to use the dum glue, bad dentist!!!

  18. Amanda says:

    Polident is the worst thing you can put in your mouth. I have got gastric problems since using this awful product. I gag , and at times vomit after applying this product. And can someone please explain to me why its marketed as all day hold when I have to reapply the adhesive 5-6 maybe even 8 times a day???? Take this horrible stuff of the shelves.

  19. A year I graduated to dentures,so because my dentures didnt fit right..I use poligrip…polident…..did not know why till now….notice numbness in my fingers….tinling….at time painful…in my toes….tendency to stumbles…loss of appitite… I consider myself very healthy….till using this products…at first I felt it was my age..74….now I dont know…I dont like the feeling at all and will have my doctor check my blood for level of zinc..etc.because this products did not hold my dentures all day at times I use them 4 times a day…..now I will use them once and get the one without zinc…..I will know more after the blood test..then take action….

  20. Just heard about poligrip on TV., can’t believe it. I have using poligrip since 1999. In 2000, I suffered a severe i injury at work that causes many many problem. I have numbness, tingling, unexplain pain, fibroyama, I fall easily, often so week and tired I stay in bed for days. Approx. 2007 I had my lower teeth removed. And symptomes above and other problems continue. My daughter moved home to take care of me and is afraid to leave me alone until I can care for myself. I now feel lost please help me.

  21. Could not understand why I was constantly losing my balance, falling and had muscle soreness. I also find it difficult to go up stairs because my leg muscles ache terribly. I’ve traced back and found these symptoms pretty much coincide with starting to use Poligrip. None of these symptoms were there before the use of Poligrip.

  22. i HAVE BEEN USING POLY GRIP FREE FOR 26 YEARS NOW AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS FROM THE ZINC MAINLY BECAUSE MY DOCTOR BECAUSE OF MY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TEST ME FOR EVERYTHING AND MY ZINC AND OTHER THINGS ARE ARE ALWAYS IN THE NORMAL RANGE. NOW PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK TO YOUR VITAMINS AS THEY HAVE HIGH DOSES OF ZINC IN THEM TOO. AND THEY CAN CAUSE A HIGH READING AS IT ACCUMLATES IN YOUR BLOOD AS WELL. SO I SAY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS USE IT IN MODERATION AND WHEN THEY REMOVE THE ZINC, YOU MAY FIND YOU STILL HAVE THAT SAME PROBLEM SO JUST USE YOUR HEAD.

  23. ive used super poligrip for the last 10 years and im having numbness in my arm and hand also trouble breathing also troubles with my balanced.ive been to the er several times over this

  24. I have been using this product for over 30 yrs.I have problems,muscel
    function loss.walking and lately I developed an itching problem on neck
    shoulders also back of the head

  25. I have every sympthom except paralysis! Is that next? I cant get a doctor to test me for it and i have been using Fixodent for 10 years. Alot! They tell me it is my fibromalgia when I knew it was not. I do not know what to even do now. I need to at leat rule it out or confirm but my doctors will not listen. I have cried for 2 days now after finding out I may have been poisoning myself!

  26. been using super poligrip since 2002 and me to have been having tingling in my fingers, throbbing pain in my legs, no strength in my arms, absolutely exhausted after washing my hair and to top it off while washing my hair i have to lean against the side of the shower to avoid falling over. the everyday things i struggle with. constant pain what a relief to know i’m not alone. 23 hrs a day i’ve been using this recently switched to fixodent when i couldn’t find any on the store shelves

  27. i have been using poligrip super for almost 8 years, i have pain in my legs hands ,arms , numbness in legs, feets, hands, can’t grip things, open a bottle , weakness in arms, legs, hands , i have fibermyalga , or could this all be from this super polygrip???? how do you know???1

  28. I use super poligrip zinc free formula i’m wondering is it ok to use i don’t use an whole lot and i don’t sleep with my dentures in my mouth i take them out and put them in denture cleanser i do have pain in my left calve muscle but i had that problem back in 2005 and i wasn’t wearing dentures i have fibromylga so i figure thats why my calve muscle is the way it is today i’m sore on both sides in my shoulders neck and i have an few nodules in palm of my right hand my dr told me they are cysts and as long as my hand don’t drawn and my fingers don’t bend i’ll be ok if it does then i would have to have surgery on it can’t afford that so i guess i’ll deal with it the best way i can before i started useing super poligrip zinc free formula i was useing fixodent with zinc but i got where i couldn’t use it anymore it would get caked up in my lower denture

  29. i have used poligrip for many years.first i started feeling funny… doctors could not find anything wrong. but when i could not lift my legs did a nerve conduction test and i have pn in both arms and legs but have not had any tests for zinc did not know about the denture cream until a few months ago my neuro and neurologist laughed at the thought that denture cream could do this so months. and still no tests for zinc has been done. but i feel strange at times can not put into words and i have had seizures now. i contacted a lawyer but have not heard back. it might be too late for me i don’t know but what i have gone through and still going through… make me mad to think that something i thought to be safe to have harmed me this way… and i have memory problems now. i can’t even walk up steps or onto a curb… and i fall all the time… what a shame … to think denture cream…. for those who lost their teeth and depended on something to hold the teeth in.

  30. I don’t think I’ve had any of the symptoms but I know everyone is different. The trouble I’ve noticed here lately is the super polygrip is crystalizing and extremely difficult to squeeze out of the tube. I’ve been using it for 10 years and have never had this problem until recently.

    Also, I don’t know if it has anything to do with the adhesive or not but I’ve been experiencing some pretty hefty headaches here lately on a daily basis. They began about the same time I started noticing the crystalizing.

    I didn’t even know there was a recall until I typed “super polygrip” into a search to find their website and ask them if they’ve changed their formula. That’s when I saw this recall on the search page.

    Any suggestions on a comparable replacement to super polygrip that’s safe?

  31. I used super poligrip from May 2008 to January 2009. I started having physical symptoms during August 2008. I experienced numbness in my left hand during January 2009. On January 26, 2009 my left hand and thumb collapsed. By Thursday that funny feeling ran up my left arm to the left side of my face. I experienced weakness on that side and in my legs. I had tingling and pain in my left arm that moved to my legs then to my right arm. I ended up in the hospital on January 29, 2009. I was in so much pain and so nervous. The doctors tested me for heart attack and stroke. No one thought to test me for zinc poisoning which could have been the problem.

  32. i have been using polident for 2 years also fixadent yes this stuff does not hold like they say all lies my dentures fit good .but listen they still move around and i have to apply that stuff 4 or 5 times a day my tounge is swelling mythroat i sore its got to be from this stuff what do you expect? rich companys and liars .

  33. what adhesive whould be used. they say fixodent has zinc that is dangerous. I am using super polidant free. Is this the best adhesive?

  34. Ok my mom has been feeling all of the symptoms yet she doesnt stop using the Poligrip. She has been using it for 3 years and she started getting pains in her knees specially at night time! The reason why she doesnt stop using the Poligrip is because she says that the Fixodent doesnt hold as strong. So is there a safer one out there that is also strong? Im very concern about my mom and want to know if she keeps using the Poligrim what would happend to her?

  35. i’m a bit late to this information. nobody says why zinc was used in the first place! a danger is in the combined zinc intake from other products, multi- vitamins, etc. a second danger is that people with these symptoms should have them checked out to be assured there is not a worse disease present…lupis, ms. diabetes, etc. people seem to realize they have symptoms only AFTER they are told they should-psychosomatic/old age? the broad list of generalized subjective ‘symptoms’ seems like a fishing expedition for a class action suit. when i saw all the hubub, i researched the subject and remain unconvinced.i have MS and experience almost all the symptoms mentioned, but with no exacerbation despite using fixodent with (reduced) zinc.

  36. patricia says:

    i did not know about this never saw no recall anywhere my doctor has sent me for many test for the last 5yrs i notice that polygrip was getting hard to fine so i looked it up and found this i want answers iwant to know what the test are i just want my life back

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