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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Not only can your brain make medicine out of sugar pills, it can make memories out of daydreams.
(3) Statistically, glucosamine plus chondroitin was no better than a sugar pill.
Saline and sugar pills were used by 3 8 of 623 and 12 of 642 physicians (3% and 2%, respectively).
Saline and sugar pills were used by 18 of 623 and 12 of 642 physicians (3% and 2%, respectively).
I keep a bottle of the tiny sugar pills with me wherever I go--for my dogs and myself.
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.
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.
John's Wort doesn't help any better than taking a placebo ("sugar pill").
Researchers studied 1503 HPV-16-negative women, giving the vaccine to 738 and a placebo (sugar pill) to 765.
Control group: A group of patients in a study who receive a "sugar pill" or conventional treatment rather than the experimental therapy.