Dr. Stuart Wasser

Addiction Medicine
Rockville Centre, NY
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Rockville Centre, NY

Address

516 594-2514, 176 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY
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My office hours

Thursday: 10am - 2:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Solo private practice of addiction medicine. appetite suppression and primary care internal medicine in the suburbs of NYC.

Specialties
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Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

757 Answers
169 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: Based on biological and other factors. But all are affected to one degree or another so it is hard to understand the purpose of the question.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Important: Make sure your meds do not promote weight gain. As some pain meds might.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Keep hydrated to minimize being ill. But best think is to avoid drinking to excess.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Perhaps: Different appetite suppressants have various chemical structures- some of which may show up as an amphetamine like drugs at least on an initial screen... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: However any ssri has a potential to cause weight gain, wellbutrin (bupropion) or viiibryd may be better alternatives for people who are focused in kee... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Yes and no: Very high sugar levels will suppress appetite somewhat. However, as your sugar levels fall from that elevated level, your appetite may be inappropria... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Anything without salt, caffeine or alcohol.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Probably not: There is no medical definition of a chain smoke although i always considered it to be a person who picks up one cigarette as soon as the last one was ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Like cigarettes- cancer, stroke, heart disease , lung disease not to mention cognitive impairment, low testosterone, psychiatric problems, weight gain... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Opioid treatment: Subuxone, methadone, clonidine, baclofen, ondansetron, anxiety meds. You should be under them care of an experienced physician. Consider vivitrol/nal... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
No suppressants but: Eat foods that are slow to digest (not processed), eat salads, drink lots of water, avoid diet soda.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: There are several medications that have been found to suppress appetite of course, the fda approved agents are all stimulant based. And carry simial... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: This won't work. As you reduce, your smoking behavior changes and you continue to extractas much nicotine and oother harmful chemicals. Use other me... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
It is unusual: See a doctor quickly. An ER visit may also be appropriate.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Discipline: Plan your meals and your snacks. Avoid highly processed carbs and/or fatty foods which are "addictive" drinks lots of fluids . Remember, a successf... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Effective: Cannabinoids do relieve pain. However, I am unaware of any direct effect on inflammation. However, other drugs can relieve pain without exposing a p... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: The presence of a prescription does not make a drug harmlful or harmless. Why are you taking it? Is it short term or intermittent for severe pain? ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below : Vivid dreams and some stomach upset. All the rest of the symptoms typically attributed to it probably come from not smoking.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Early onset of alcoholism often has a strong genetic component.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: Nicotine withdrawal starts within 12 hours, peaks in 48 hours andseems to take up to a few weeeks to resolve. These symptoms are normal when in this... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
3-14 days: Depending on which drug we are talking about. Then there is post acute withdrawal syndrome which can last months.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
No studies: But is can't be good. You are at risk for cancer and chronic lung disease.
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Without medical supervision, its tough. One could reduce dosage by ten percent daily. Suboxone is indicated for this. Various non-controlled medicin... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
No: Tolerance is related to your liver, brain and perhaps state of nutrition. Alcohol stays in the water compartments of the body and not in the fat cell... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Not neccesarily: Phentermine, and other fda approved stimulant drugs for appetite suppressiion may cause insomnnia but have often worn off when taken in the am. If t... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: ADD/Adhd is a specific pathologic process and strattera (atomoxetine) has been helpful in people who have this. However, in others, they may either b... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
If you stop: Withdrawal symptoms resolve in 2-3 weeks Gabapentin and N acetyl cysteine (1200 twice daily) have published success. I may add high dose naltrexone ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
No: It is based on an interpretation of behaviors-there is no objective test.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Change meds: If you have been unable to control your use of xanax, (alprazolam) you may be unable to taper. Mant docs will substitute a long acting sedative like ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: They have a strong potential for misue but not all use is misuse.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: These problems are termed "process addictions" and it is poosible to become addicted to any activity. Are necessary activities and social interaction... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: American society of addiction medicine asam.Org; national istitutes of drug abuse; and each state will have an agency with certified agencies in each ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: True hunger comes from our hypothalamus after measuring our energy needs and food stores. But it tells other areas of our brain (the nucleus accumben... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
None: Any addiction is by definition unhealthy, you want to know about health habits- eat right, excercise and be happy.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: On how much you are taking. Small amounts can go immediately onto the drug. Very large amounts require up to twenty four hours and there can be prec... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
No: In fact, likely signs of alcohol issues.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Doubt it: Never studied. Some people gain weight when they stop smoking. The reasons for this are unclear. They may be eating more or their metabolism may ha... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: What is your ultimate objective? Are you treating a pain issue? An addiction issue? Do you want Methadone maintenance? You need to speak with a docto... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Real tough: You need to see a doctor who knows how to handle thus type of problem. I will substitute long acting sedatives with a stepped reduction and give non-... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Of course: If they are not considerate of you, get rid of them.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Not enough info. There is no real entity of meth damaged skin so your problem will have to be evaluated without regard to drug use. It may be that t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Different: They each replace nicotine in different ways and may be more effective for different people.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Its harmful: It reduces blood flow so it will antagonize how quickly you can build your bulk and stamina. Not to mention effects on heart and lungs.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: As per dr kumars answer but also consider gabapentin/pregabalin , Cymbalta (duloxetine) or similarly working agents.
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Possible: Mild alcoholic hepatitis can cause a high ferritin. Stop the drinking and repeat in one to two months.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Avoid alcohol: If your friend does not feel safe with the triggers of an open bar, they can request Antabuse (disulfiram) from their doc. Take 500 or 750 mgs. As a ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Absolutely: Not because of the Accutane even though it it's not healthy to drink so much on this drug. However, anyone who drinks ten drinks in a day likely has ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
Yes yes yes: What a strange question. I suspect you are already in trouble. Get some help.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Your ability to store memory is impaired from brain dysfunction so you can't recall what occurred. Usually happens with alcohol levels on excess of 0... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 37 years experience
See below: The drug may only take a few days. The withdrawal syndrome may take weeks top months.
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Aug 9, 2016
Hi doctor I am from Ireland if u could please let me no what other med can I try ask for as I want to get off metadone that don't seem to have anything other than that and wher does codeine come from
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wasser is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wasser is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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to bad you just ASSumed i planned on smoking it. there are natural meds out there that have little or no ill side effects. ps i took celebrex for several weeks and i had great results until bleeding a...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Those are my thougts exactly . No Dr has yet been able to get ne out of Modafinil. Only 2/8-9 Drs. admitted not to know it. The others advised inpatie
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks so much for your time and your answer. I didn't think I would be comfie on that dose, but it will go up everyday for 3-4 days. By 4mg

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1986MD

Awards

Top Addiction Specialist , Second Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Addiction Specialist , First Place, New York - Summer
2013
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, East Long Island Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

North shore university hospital
South nassau communities hospital
American Society Of Addiction Medicine
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