Question: Can a pharmacy give you a placebo?

Patients in clinical trials are aware they may be getting a placebo. In such a trial, some patients get a placebo, while others get the real drug. Drug manufacturers make every effort to make the placebos look like the drug they are mimicking, so the patient has no idea what, if any, drug he or she is taking.

What is pharmacy placebo?

Placebos are substances that are made to resemble drugs but do not contain an active drug. A placebo is made to look exactly like a real drug but is made of an inactive substance, such as a starch or sugar.

How much does a placebo cost?

A higher price can create the impression of higher value, just as a placebo pill can reduce pain. Now researchers have combined the two effects. A $2.50 placebo, they have found, works better one that costs 10 cents.

Can anxiety cause a placebo effect?

The conditions that seem to be most likely to respond to placebo are those in which psychological distress plays an important role either in the exacerbation or expression of symptoms. Examples include depression, anxiety disorders, asthma, and painful conditions.

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