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?
You can get a pill splitter from a pharmacy and split the 0.25 pills in half. Take this 0.125 mg piece once a day before bedtime for at least two weeks then you should be ok to stop. If you have any withdrawal symptoms you can always go to taking it everyother day for two weeks, but I doubt you will need to.
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