What is placebo?

  • (noun): (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead.
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Placebo

A placebo ( /pləˈsiboʊ/ plə-SEE-boh; Latin placēbō, “I shall please” from placeō, “I please”) is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the placebo effect.

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Placebo-controlled Study - Placebo Ingredients
... Placebos used in clinical trials have sometimes had unintended consequences ... that looked at details from 150 clinical trials, found that certain placebos used in the trials affected the results ... drugs used olive oil and corn oil in the placebo pills ...
Lorcaserin - Side Effects
... Trial participants found lorcaserin about as tolerable as placebo, with 7% of participants in both the lorcaserin drug and placebo arms dropping out due to side effects ... rates due to adverse events for bupropion/naltrexone (26% vs 13% for placebo), phentermine/topiramate (18% vs 9% for placebo), orlistat (7% vs 4% for ... human clinical trials, but at rates not significantly different than placebo and mostly with mild and transient severity ...
Effects On Research - Placebo Ingredients
... Placebos used in clinical trials have sometimes had unintended consequences ... of Internal Medicine that looked at details from 150 clinical trials found that certain placebos used in the trials affected the results ... drugs used olive oil and corn oil in the placebo pills ...
Stefan Olsdal - Placebo
... Robert Schultzberg (who was at the time studying in UK) to join as Placebo's drummer (Hewitt would later replace him as the full-time drummer) ... he is credited as co-author on every Placebo song to date (except "Ashtray Heart" from Battle for the Sun which was credited solely to Molko) and co-produced ...
Selectra - Adverse Effects
... those with the greatest difference from placebo are nausea (25% vs. 11% for placebo), ejaculation failure (14% vs. 1% for placebo), insomnia (21% vs ...

More definitions of "placebo":

  • (noun): An innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug.