sugar pill


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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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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 (14.
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.
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.
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.