Migraine Term of the Day: Placebo

Patient Expert
HealthCentral

When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

Today's term: Placebo.

Placebo: an inactive pill, liquid, or powder that has no treatment value. In clinical trials, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to assess the treatment's effectiveness.

We often see the term Placebo used in descriptions of clinical trials.

You can keep track of clinical trials recruiting participants in our _Clinical Trials Listings _.

For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.

Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.