October 21 is National Check Your Meds Day

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October 21 is National Check Your Meds Day: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on October 18, 2017. (WPVI)

Americans are taking more pills than ever before and sometimes when things are added or combined with over-the-counter medications, it can create problems.

So this Saturday, Consumer Reports and federal health officials are urging everyone to get a "medication checkup" and they've enlisted some fun friends to help!

The Muppets are helping to get out the word for National Check Your Meds Day on October 21st.

The idea is to have Americans take all of their prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as any dietary supplements to their doctor or pharmacist for a review.

They'll be able to check for any harmful interactions and possibly eliminate unnecessary medications.

Some pharmacies will have extra staff on hand this Saturday. You can check with yours to see if they're participating.

It's a good idea to check your medications at least once a year, but if you are someone who is taking a lot medications, it's best to check with your healthcare provider any time a change is made or if you want to take something that is over-the-counter - and that includes supplements.

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