Posted by SLS on February 26, 2005, at 7:04:05
In reply to Re: A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium (NY Times » Fred23, posted by Phillipa on February 24, 2005, at 20:03:02
> But the newer longer-acting benzodiazepines like Klonopin may have fewer withdrawal problems than the older drugs because they are metabolized more slowly and leave the body gradually.
This is a very simplistic "guess" on the part of the author as it relates to the degree of difficulty discontinuing a drug. There are other properties of these drugs that factor into it. Buspar is an anxiolytic that has a very short half-life, yet is almost entirely without withdrawal symptoms. Getting off Dalmane, a benzodiazepine with a very long half-life, can be hell to get off of.