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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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If homeopathic products are just placebos or sugar pills, then how do they work on babies?
I knew they were just sugar pills, but I was able to go out dancing and see my friends again.
In fact, participants in the study who didn't know which drugs they'd been given were no more likely to report symptoms than those given sugar pills.
An image makeover was needed because most people perceived homeopaths as kindly fuddy-duddies dispensing sweet little sugar pills.
There is even a very credible body of evidence that says anti-depressants work no better than sugar pills, and once you are on them they are very hard to get off.
Patient can consume medicated sugar pills easily as it is sweet to taste.
A sugar pill taken from a pack designed for a powerful anal- gesic will be more efficacious against pain than a sugar pill taken from a packet of sugar pills.
The same technologies can measure the effectiveness of treatments--even those as basic as placebo sugar pills.
And 47 studies concluded six leading antidepressants are little better than taking sugar pills.
Each patient received a bottle clearly labeled "placebo pills" and was told it contained "placebo pills made of an inert substance, like sugar pills, that have been shown in clinical studies to produce significant improvement in IBS symptoms through mind-body, self-healing processes.
By using sugar pills, saline injections, or even sham surgery, placebo research isolates provision of care from the direct effects of genuine medications or procedures.
With prices at half or even a third of those sold in pharmacies, people were lured to buy what probably were nothing more than sugar pills.
It may not start until you have taken two or three of the placebo sugar pills.
Half were given 80mg oral iron tablets every day, while half were given sugar pills.
Again, both control groups and the medicated art film watchers were more lenient; people that took sugar pills and watched the Lynch clip called for more punitive measures against the rioters.