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sugar pill

A pill that does not contain medicine (and may not even contain sugar, as the term "sugar pill" is used broadly); a placebo. Some patients in the clinical trial will receive the medication, while others will receive sugar pills.
See also: pill, sugar
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In the study of 783 GPs, about one in 100 admitted to giving a patient an injection of salty water or a sugar pill rather than real medicine at least once a week.
If something makes me feel better I don't mind if it's a sugar pill or medicine as long as it works and doesn't harm me.
There are concerns about using drugs while the brain is still developing so other techniques such giving a sugar pill, suckling on a dummy, or breast-feeding are used.
They emphasize that, with the exception of one study in which new cancer diagnoses were more frequent on pravastatin than on a sugar pill, all large prospective randomized statin trials have shown no difference in the risk of cancer among people taking statins versus those taking a sugar pill.
Schering-Plough had been touting the safety of Claritin for years; the company's ads explicitly state that the side effects are those of a sugar pill.
4% of Cymbalta-treated patients were virtually free of their depressive symptoms, a rate nearly double that seen with a sugar pill (14.
But isoflavones from red clover failed to cut the frequency of hot flashes any more than a sugar pill in a study of 246 menopausal women who were experiencing at least 35 hot flashes a week.
The latter may consist of a sugar pill or sessions with a physician not designed to offer specific psychological help.
For example, a control group that gets a sugar pill (or "placebo," see below) might be compared to an experimental group that gets a real medication to see what the effects of the medication are.