Study: Medication errors by consumers on the rise

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Increase in medication errors. Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on July 11, 2017. (WPVI)

A new study shows medication errors are on the rise, and we're not talking about errors by doctors or nurses, but consumers.

It could be the wrong medication, the wrong dose or a dangerous combination of drugs.

The rate of mistake went up 100% from 2000 to 2012.

An increase in errors was seen for all age groups except children under six.

This increase is likely due to the dwindling use of cold and cough medications for kids.

The most common errors were found with adults taking heart medications and hormones, also with acetaminophen, or Tylenol, and opioids.

To avoid mistakes, it's best to write down the dose and time each time you take a medication.

And if you are taking several medications, ask your pharmacist for the best schedule to follow. They will also look for interactions.

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