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Re: temazepam and iother benzodiazepines

Posted by Mark on May 10, 1999, at 5:27:09

In reply to temazepam and iother benzodiazepines, posted by Paul on December 28, 1998, at 9:17:09

Paul--you are absolutely right--they differ in
how fast they work, how long they last, and
(slightly) how much they are metabolized by the
liver versus the kidney (which is only important
if you have liver damage and require a benzo
that is metabolized more by the kidney).

Benzo's that start quickly and last a short time
are good for sleep (but can lead to rebound
insomnia in the middle of the night) and are
safer for morning driving.

> It is my understanding that benzodiazepines differ from one another primarily in their half-lives and time in which they take effect. Are drugs such as temazepam, which is indicated for the treatment of insomnia (and not anxiety), indicated as such because of their relatively duration (which obviously makes it a good choice because it wears off by morning), or are there other specific effects, apart from duration of action, which are more sedating and hypnotic as opposed to anxiolytic effects? In other words, can temazepam be taken for anxiety?




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