People's Pharmacy

People's Pharmacy

February 13, 2005|By King Features Syndicate

Sleeping pill lasts longer, costs more

By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon

I am desperate for a sleeping pill I can take for more than a few days at a time. My doctor only prescribes a week's worth of Ambien each month because he says it is only for short-term use. I've heard of a new insomnia medicine that can be taken longer.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Lunesta, which can be prescribed for up to six months. It won't be cheap, though. Predictions are that each pill will run more than $4.

I keep reading that we should be eating more whole grains. But what are they? My neighbor, who is a nutrition nut, says that whole-wheat bread doesn't really count as a whole grain.

Many of the wheat breads found in the supermarket contain a fair amount of white flour. Unless they are made only with whole-wheat flour and wheat berries, they are not really whole-grain foods. Some whole grains to look for: barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa, brown rice, rye and wheat berries.

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