(NewsUSA) - You may not be able to spell or even pronounce the word "acetaminophen," but almost 50 million Americans use it each week to manage pain and fever.
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 different prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. While it is safe and effective when used as directed, there is a limit to how much can be taken in one day: 4,000 mg for most adults. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
According to the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, sometimes people may unintentionally exceed the 4,000 mg daily dose because they don't realize that several medicines they take -- such as pain medications and fever reducers, cough/cold and allergy medicines, and even some sleep aids -- may all contain acetaminophen.
In its report, "Acetaminophen: How It's Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use," the Coalition points out three common acetaminophen dosing mistakes:
* Taking the next dose too soon.
* Using multiple acetaminophen-containing medicines at the same time.
* Taking more than the recommended dose at a single time.
"Educating patients is a key step to promoting safe acetaminophen use and preventing overdose," said nurse practitioner Anne Norman of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. "I always tell consumers to be diligent about reading their medicine labels, to know the ingredients in their medicines and to carefully follow dosing directions when taking all medicines."
So whether or not you can spell it or say it, when taking a medicine that may contain acetaminophen, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition encourages you to follow these four steps to use it safely:
1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
2. Know if your medicines contain acetaminophen.
3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
4. Ask your pharmacist or other healthcare professional if you have questions.
For more safe medicine use tips, visit www.knowyourdose.org.
(NewsUSA) - With stock market gains moving at a snail's pace over the past decade, some experts have their sights set on the not-so-new darling of the trading world -- penny stocks.
Generally described by the Securities Exchange Commission as stocks that trade for less than $5, penny stock trading is not for the faint of heart and can be a risky proposition. There is potential, however, for a higher return on your investment -- in layman's terms, you could get a better bang for your buck.
As risky as it may be, the very reason that investors are flocking to the penny stock market is its potential higher growth. Look at it this way: Because penny stocks are prone to rapid changes, those who invest might just luck out with a stock that will jump from 10 cents to $10.
In a world, where IBM stock is trading above $180 a share, that same investor could afford about 1,000 shares of a stock such as The Movie Studio, Inc. (MVES), a fast-paced, diversified, full-service movie studio (www.TheMovieStudio.net), at .8 cent or Global Fashion Technology Group, Inc., formally Premiere Opportunities Group (OTCQB: PPBL) (www.PremiereOpportunities.com), a high-end fashion marketing and distribution company, with a stock price of just .7 cent -- making these risks potentially worth the reward.
"The reality is that if you do your homework, you can successfully trade penny stocks with very little money," says Mitchell Schultz, international investor relations manager for Premiere Opportunities. "In this way, investors could make a lot more money trading in the pennies, than with bigger stocks."
Jonas Elmerraji, a penny stock specialist at Agora Financial in Baltimore, agrees.
"Penny stocks are exciting because of the opportunities involved," Elmerraji told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in an interview. "So, their growth potential is much greater than a blue chip stock. That's the real draw."
How do you discern between a potentially high-growth company that could yield a potential windfall and, well, one that won't? Experts suggest investors look at a company's underlying business before committing any money -- companies that have real, sustainable operations. In addition, investors should look at a company's financial statements to discover whether the company files on time, who its auditing firm is and whether the company looks financially healthy.
Before investing in any stock, check with your financial advisor, accountant and attorney, and perform your own research.