Our expert says:
It's hard to be sure what would be ideal in the half-lives of meds ( and congratulations, by the way, on having had the sense to read the pachage insert ). With a long half-life ( such that it takes longer for the blood levels of the drug to fall to half of what they were, after taking the last tablet), the drop in blood levels is usually smoother and slower, lessening the chance of side-effects, but meaning that more of it stays in you for longer, so that if one wants to switch to a medicine that would interact unpleasantly with it, one must wait longer before starting the new drug.
With a shorter half-life, the blood levels fall more rapidly, wich may increase the cances of haing some withdrawal side-effects, but then he drug is gone more rapidly, overall.
As to whether you may experience less or more side-effects, we need to distinguish between unwanted effects. Where they were true side-effects, caused by the presence of significant amounts of the drug in your system, they would lessen after you stop the drg, and the quicker the blood levels fall, the sooner such efects would go. And those seem to be the unwanted effects you are describing. Where some of us experience withdrawal effects, as the body adjusts to the reduction in the amounts of the drug in the system, these indeed might be more common in a shrt-half-life drug where the levels fall more rapidly. As the unwanted effects you describe seem to have occurred when the drug was present in full doses, this may not be a problem for you.
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