Image Description: This pyramid of pills on a chessboard is good reminder of how sometimes doctors will have to prescribe a combination of different medications at once in order to relieve complicated ailments. Sometimes referred to a medical cocktail, this could include pills, tablets, or capsules. At one time, pills were created directly in pharmacies because certain ingredients were not readily available, and the pharmacist could mix up specific doses to create the correct pill, mixture, or linctuses for the job. This practice has become virtually extinct due to the massive onset of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The word “pill” is used to refer to anything small and round that delivers a specific dose of medicine, and is used interchangeably when referring to either tablets, capsules, or pills.
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