Migraine pain relief seen with both medication and placebos
(dailyRx News) Your doctor prescribes pain medication that’s described as very effective. You’re given sets of pills that are labeled either as the brand name or as a placebo (sugar pill). Which do you think works better?
Researchers were surprised to learn that a migraine patient’s expectations played an important role in the pain relief they experienced from an active or inactive medication.
In this study that switched the labeling of the pills, patients reported pain relief after taking placebos that were marked as Maxalt (rizatriptan), a prescription pain reliever. Relief came even from pills labeled as placebo, the scientists discovered.
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