sugar pill


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sugar pill

Medspeak
A colloquial term most commonly used by mainstream health professionals for a placebo (which often contains lactose), regardless of whether or not it contains sugar.  

Popular health
A lay term for any oral agent used to control diabetes.
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They need to compare drug products against other drugs that treat the same indication rather than comparing a drug against a sugar pill.
Actually, that useless sugar pill wasn't so useless; it demonstrated, and we are enthusiastic believers in, the power of the mind and spirit to transform lives and improve health.
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.
Homeopathic medicines are sugar pills on which water has been dropped.
60 mg of Cymbalta once daily, 120 mg once daily or sugar pill for nine weeks.
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.
The sunny opener Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town and jagged sugar pill Pulled Up still hit like shiny bolts from the blue.
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.
Patients randomly received either the fish oil capsules or a sugar pill in addition to the anti-depressant medication they were taking.
About 43 per cent of women who took the placebo, or sugar pill, also said they were helped.
Around 3300 showing the first signs of narrowing of the arteries will be given either aspirin or a dummy sugar pill once a day for five years.
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.