All they have to do is be better than a sugar pill
3) Statistically, glucosamine plus chondroitin was no better than a sugar pill
I keep a bottle of the tiny sugar pills
with me wherever I go--for my dogs and myself.
4% of Cymbalta-treated patients were virtually free of their depressive symptoms, a rate nearly double that seen with a sugar pill
The expectancy effect is related to the placebo effect, in which a patient reports a positive response to an inactive medical treatment, such as a sugar pill
, as if it were an active medical treatment.
A sugar pill
, with huge built-in name recognition: Placebo.
That is, they were given something that looked like one of the drugs, but was in fact more like a sugar pill
with no drug-like properties.
Testing has revealed that people often experience the effects they believe a drug will have on them even when it is only a sugar pill
Most of the drugs on the market induce drowsiness, whereas Claritin has the side effects equivalent to ingesting a sugar pill
, according to Ken Ferber, spokesman for the company.
But we think most of our readers want to get their medicine straight, not coated in a sugar pill
Even in ancient times doctors knew that the relief a patient may feel simply upon seeing a doctor and/or being given an "inert treatment" such as a sugar pill
can play a role in recovery.
This is particularly important since "satisfied users" may, in some cases, have experienced the sugar pill
, or "placebo," effect.
Studies on heart patients consistently have shown that poor metabolizers of Plavix might as well be taking a sugar pill
than the standard Plavix dose, because their risk of heart attack and stroke is much higher than that of other Plavix users.
It turned out she was given a useless sugar pill
-- a placebo.
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.