How many medicines do you take a day? My mother takes atleast three medications a day (for illness I donot wish to disclose) but for her , its a necessity. Instead, I have come across patients who do it for placebo. They think that a doctor who donot prescribe for a medicine is a 'useless' doctor. For the same reason, patients whom we have identified this inclination are administered with vitamin tablets. We term this, the placebo effect.