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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.
And since a woman's sex drive has more to do with the brain than the genitalia, use of Viagra probably works no better than a sugar pill.
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.
The government also said Pfizer suppressed a study revealing the drug to be less effective than a sugar pill placebo in treating bipolar disorder, leaving both doctors and patients uninformed.
The most common side effects with CLARITIN (loratadine) Tablets 10 mg occurred about as often as they did with a sugar pill, including headache, drowsiness, fatigue, and dry mouth.