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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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88 1 can reduce COCs efficacy and lead to pregnancy I have to use the 27 1 hormone pills for 21 days followed by sugar pills for 7 days and then start a new pack During the sugar pill 19.
HUMOUR David Kemp's Well-Heeled Bitches Comedy sketches AS the man behind a new exhibition about the place of laughter in art puts it: "Humour is the sugar pill that lets us look at life and death.
The assumption is that the drug will be no different than the sugar pill.
The response mechanism is not well understood, but the patient's belief that the sugar pill or sham surgery is going to help him somehow triggers an inborn healing response.
This is particularly important since "satisfied users" may, in some cases, have experienced the sugar pill, or "placebo," effect.
You get your period when you take the sugar pills, so you if you opt for extended- use pills, you only get your period four times a year.
You get your period when you take the sugar pills, so you if you opt for extended-use pills, you only get your period four times a year.