... side effects from this med,(crying, depressed, more anxiety) I thought I was going crazy. So my doctor switched me to ativan on January 6, 2010 and it seems to work more calmer but I really would like help getting off of this medication I tried to quit over the weekend but I had muscle pains, heart palpitations, depressed, crying so I gave in at started to take ativan again. I only take .5 in the morning and .5 in the afternoon. This does not seem like it is a very high dose and I just dont seem to know why this is so hard to stop. Any help would be great