I have been on Ativan for about a year and a half. I take .25mg every night before bedtime. Lately I have been having what I believe are long-term side effects such as depression and a general lack of energy among other things. I have read nightmare stories about people trying to come off Ativan and having severe side effects. I am also taking an anti-depressant called Surmontil. I have taken this for years and know that this is not what is causing the depression. As I already cut the pills in half (they come in .50 mg) I do not know how I will decrease the size further. I do not want to replace this drug with yet another drug. What can you suggest I can do to get off Ativan once and for all?