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Doctor insights on: Why Did My Gyro Tell Me To Discard Placebo Tabs

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Can you tell me if I could tell if my dilaudid is a placebo?

Can you tell me if I could tell if my dilaudid is a placebo?

Huh?: Dilaudid is not a placebo. In this country, no one is allowed to give you a placebo if they actually wrote an RX for it. Unless your are in a research project, likely its the real stuff. ...Read more

Placebo (Definition)

Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component ...Read more


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What does "discard placebo tabs" mean on my bc prescription? Taking sprintec 28

What does "discard placebo tabs" mean on my bc prescription? Taking sprintec 28

Sugar pills: Placebo pills are sugar pills used as placeholders. They help you stay on track by taking a pill every day until the next month starts. If you can keep track of your days then you can discard them. ...Read more

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What to do to tell if my medication (adderall) prescribed by a pa is a placebo?

It is not a placebo: It is against the law to prescribe placebo. The pharmacy won't dispense it either. Personally, I wish placebos were allowed to be prescribed since they have a greater than 30% efficacy rate. But it is not ethical to deceive patients so they are only given in controlled trials where patients consent to the chance of getting a placebo. ...Read more

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What does discard placebo tabs mean on my birth control? Skip the pills and wait a week for a period or just start the new pack right away? Or both?

What does discard placebo tabs mean on my birth control? Skip the pills and wait a week for a period or just start the new pack right away? Or both?

Could be both...: With great freedom comes great responsibility. A woman is free to choose whether or not she wants to have a period (called a withdrawal period). Her responsibility is to talk with her doctor and remember what was said. If the plan was to skip the period, then she skips the placebos and starts the next pack right away. If she wants a period, she waits usually a week before starting the next pack. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could get pregnant during the placebo pill week of birth control?

Can you tell me if I could get pregnant during the placebo pill week of birth control?

Yes: Statistically it's not likley that you would get pregnant if you're taking the pill as prescribed and are consistent with when you take it. But there is a very small failure rate of the birth control pill, so yes a woman could get pregnant while on the pill. Ovulation occurs usually between days 11-17 (day 14 +/- 3 days) so by the time you would be taking the placebo pills, day 21, it's unlikely. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is chemo therapy and radiation just a money making placebo?

Can you tell me is chemo therapy and radiation just a money making placebo?

Absolutely not!: Chemo and radiation therapy used appropriately can cure many malignant lesions. They are often the only hope for cure or relief of symptoms from malignant tumors that are responsive. ...Read more

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After taking all 21 active oral contraceptive tabs, starting the first tab on the day of a medicinal abortion, should my period come now during the placebo pills of the pack like normal?

After taking all 21 active oral contraceptive tabs, starting the first tab on the day of a medicinal abortion, should my period come now during the placebo pills of the pack like normal?

Not necessarily: The pills will prevent you from getting pregnant, while you take them as prescribed, but your bleeding pattern may be off for a cycle or two, ie., even while you are on the active pills, you may experience bleeding. Do not let that keep you from stopping/skipping pills. If the cycle is still irregular in 3 months, re-evaluate. ...Read more

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How does the placebo effect works?

Psychological: Some of my patients get better simply when handed the prescription! The power of "belief" is absolutely mind-boggling. Recognizing that "the secret" involves "intention" can really empower you and enable you to overcome all manner of resistances, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. The mind is an amazing instrument! ...Read more

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What is the point of placebos in drug trials?

Rare today: When we were discovering medications for previously-untreatable illnesses, we needed to compare the results in the treatment group with results in people who were not getting the medicine. The natural history of the illness in the population ; the psychologic effect of taking rx are studied in this way to avoid self-deception. Today, a new drug is compared to standard rx (clinical equipoise). ...Read more

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Can I start taking my placebo pills a week early?

Yes you can.: If you take the placebo pills early it may make your cycle irregular. It may take a month or two to regulate. Make sure that you use a backup method for contraception until your cycle returns to normal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: placebo?

Inactive substitute: Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component to many physical/health problems. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my pill is a placebo?

Not possible: You have to rely on the packaging or the integrity of the prescriber. Placebos can be very useful but not if the recipient is told its a placebo. Unless you have access to a commercial chemical analysis laboratory, you cannot tell from looking at the pills you have. ...Read more

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How come we test new drugs against nothing (placebo)?

No longer the case: Today's drug trials actually compare the proposed medication against standard treatment ("clinical equipoise"). Anyone who tells you otherwise is living the 1950's. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if you are taking a placebo?

Placebo: Perhaps if the condition being studied does not improve. However, you may never know the difference because there is a proven placebo effect, this is where the placebo, actually works as well as the other medication being studied. ...Read more

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The placebo pills work the same as the "active" pills? You still protected?

Placebo pills: The placebo pills in a cycle of oral contraceptives are inactive. They are placed in the package to help you remember to take a pill every day of your cycle. If you take the active pills correctly at the same time every day, you are protected against pregnancy. It does not matter if you take the placebos or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the placebo effect be used to create a new class of drugs?

I don't think so: Because placebos are placebos. There are ethical considerations when giving an unknowing patient a placebo. ...Read more

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How is it proven that cool scultiping really work and not just the placebo effect?

Cryolipolysis: This is not yet mainstream. The idea is that if fat beneath the skin is frozen, it will tend not to accumulate there in the future. It's done specifically to remove love handles or bumps in particular places. The fda permission doesn't mean it works. You'd do better to diet and exercise. ...Read more

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I only spotted once while taking the 4 placebo pills and it was in the 2nd day. Is that normal?

Probably: The pill with only 4 placebos affects different women in different ways. Some women only spot during the placebo days, others don't bleed at all and still others have regular periods. If you are in the group with only spotting, consider yourself lucky! If you are worried, do a pregnancy test the first time it happens for peace of mind. Best wishes! ...Read more

Did (Definition)

DID is an acronym for "Dissociative identity disorder" or "Multiple personality disorder" (psychiatric disorders). It is also ...Read more