Council for Information on Tranquillisers, Antidepressants, and Painkillers

CITA, the Council for Information on Tranquillisers, Antidepressants, and Painkillers, was a charitable organization established in 1987 to provide support and information for individuals, families, friends, and professional advisors dealing with prescribed benzodiazepines, sleeping aids, and antidepressants. The organization has since closed, but its website remains and continues to be a helpful source of information about various classes of drugs.

CITA’s website includes sections on benzodiazepines, SSRIs, Z-drugs, and painkillers. Each section briefly summarizes some basic information about the class of drugs, potential adverse effects, contraindications and interactions, and withdrawal trajectories. Additionally, the website’s “Downloads” section features several withdrawal guides that are free of charge.


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