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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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A sugar pill prescription for chronic pain patients would result in vast cost savings for patients and the healthcare system, Apkarian said.
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.
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.
The team from the University of Copenhagen analyzed data using information from trials sponsored by Sanofi on more than 4,000 patients receiving either a sugar pill or a 20-milligram-a-day dose of the medicine.
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. Robert Seidman, WellPoint's chief pharmaceutical officer, reasoned, "If they're marketing these like candy, then they should be sold like candy."
Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in March found that elderly patients with depression treated with Lilly's Cymbalta[R] (duloxetine hydrochloride), 60 mg once daily, had twice as much improvement in verbal learning and recalling information than those given a sugar pill. By the end of the eight-week study, patients treated with Cymbalta demonstrated significantly greater improvement in cognition when compared with patients receiving sugar pills.
Placebo: sometimes just the act of taking a pill can make someone feel better; so, to watch for this, a placebo (a pill or substance with no effect, such as a sugar pill) is often used to compare with a real medication to see what the medication's true effects might be.
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.
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.
Soy is probably no better than a sugar pill. "Most studies have found that soy has no more effect than a placebo," says Gregory Burke of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Placebo: sometimes just the act of taking a pill can make someone feel better; so, to account for this, a placebo (a pill or substance with no effect, such as a sugar pill)is often used to compare with a real medication to see what the medication's true effects might be.
John's wort was no better than a sugar pill. "Our data suggest that St.