Harvard Health Letter

How to avoid medication errors

Medication errors at home cause many thousands of emergency room visits and hospitalizations every year. The most frequent errors are taking doses at the wrong time or missing doses. The most serious errors are in dosage, especially when someone is given too high a dose. To avoid medication errors, doctors advise that people learn the names of medications, what they do, and what they look like, before taking them. They should also read the instructions and ask their doctor what to avoid while on the drug. 
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