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Dr. John Moranville

Psychiatry
lafayette, CA
37 years experience male

Locations

Healthtap Concierge

lafayette, CA

Address

3527 Mt Diablo Blvd, # 328, lafayette, CA
Directions

Fax

(415) 651-9142

About

Bio

Dr John Moranville has more than 25 years experience in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has had experience working with a wide variety of patient populations in inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. He helped author several scientific publications and has extensive teaching experience. Dr Moranville is passionate about educating the public as well as other medical professionals about the stigma that surrounds mental illness.His website thebipolardoc is a source of general information about bipolar disorder as well as other mental health and addiction and his personal philosophy of treatment. He is on Twitter as @thebipolardoc He has been a featured guest on the Brian Tracy Show shown on CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates and is author of a chapter in Brian Tracy's "Cracking the Success Code"

Specialties
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Psychiatry

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Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

683 Answers
566 Agrees
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes: There are no known interactions between this combination of medications.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
As needed: Trazadone is actually an antidepressant, but only in very high doses. Sedation is a side effect even in low doses and not necessary to take regularly ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Just like "Speed": Frequently medications used for adhd are stimulants. Brain of those with adhd is different and are slowed down by these medications as opposed to "get... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
No: 0.5 mg/d is a very low dose and if it has really been 9 mos, it is definitely not withdrawal, but could be anxiety which is probably why you took it i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Unlikely: It is possible though also unlikely that if you were in a room and right next to someone smoking crack or more likely if you smoke cigarettes someone ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
No: I am not aware of any interactions between these 2 medications.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Unlikely: Not unless you added another medication which may interact with prozac (fluoxetine). Some medications do have side effects that can develop after seve... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Cautiously: All ssri can potentially effect platelet function. Mirtazepine may be an alternative which could potentially effect other blood cells, but platelet co... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
No: Medications decrease or even eliminate many of the symptoms, but it is still a chronic, progressive illness. It is a syndrome with many possible cause... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mania and depression: At least one episode of mania, hypomania, or a mixture of manic and depressive symptoms is required for diagnosis. Depression is usually more frequent... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes it is: Depression includes decrease in self esteem which leads to feelings of inadequacy and increased anxiety about your ability to do the things you need t... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Treatment program : I commend you for recognizing that you. Are addicted. Stopping abruptly can be very serious. You need to taper using a longer acting benzo under super... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Variable: Depends on endpoint and what type of treatment you are referring to. Behavioral therapy is very effective for ocd often in addition to medication. The... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Diet and exercise: It is unfortunate that you gained weight which you believe is due to zoloft (sertraline). In my experience this is less common than with some of the o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Possibilities: Many people are able to tolerate well. Most common is sedation especially in doses up to 100 mg, less in higher doses. Most concerning is weight gain ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Maybe: Though there are no serious interactions between this combination of medications, it would be important to have your kidney function and electrolytes ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mania: One of the hallmark features of mania is decreased need for sleep usually with expansive mood, euphoria, or grandiosity and impulsivity such as excess... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Side effects: Agree with dr kardener and dr fowler. Be aware that during preliminary drug trials prior to approval by the fda, any symptoms even if only a remote po... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Benzodiazepine: Xanax (alprazolam) is very short acting with increased anxiety between doses and severe withdrawal including seizures if stopped abruptly. Ativan or K... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Noco?: Did you mean Norco which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Xanax (alprazolam) is a highly addictive medication and you develop tolera... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes: Doses of over 30 mg of Abilify (aripiprazole) are not indicated for anyone.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends c... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Overprescribed: I would not say they are handed out like candy, but i would agree they are sometimes prescribed too readily. As far as dangers, it is always a matter ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Why: Not sure why you would be taking arginine and creatine. Frolic acid and omega 3 supplementation are helpful. Any combination of medications prescribed... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes, but...: Bipolar disorder is an episodic illness with periods of being essrntially "normal" in between manic and depressive episodes Some form of mood stabili... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Which side effects: Depends on how long you had been taking it and whether taken orally or by injection. Never stop taking any prescription med without first discussing w... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
?: this is not a medical question. As yet there is no evidence of short term or long term medical consequences of vapor inhalation with or without nicoti... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Common: This is a common problem, but could be increased by certain medications or diabetes. Talk to your doctor and possibly a nutritionist
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Definitely: Sounds like she cares about you a lot. The stress of worrying that something might have happened to you would definitely effect her physical health. K... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Variable: As with all medications it depends on your metabolism etc. one thing about mirtazepine is it is usually sedating and helps you get to sleep. If you ha... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Depends: Upon the specific antidepressant and on metabolism. Usually 4-6 wks to see full benefit, but should see some benefit before that. Placebo effect plays... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Which sedative?: Sedative is a very generic term. There are many different medications that cause sedation in different ways. The primary use of a sedative is to help ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Addiction: Cocaine is a very addictive drug. The only legitimate use is as a nasal anesthetic for some types of surgery. Recreationally it is inhaled as powder o... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Risk vs benefit: Agree with dr kunz. Depends on what you take it for. If stopping it would make you more impulsive or effect you in some way that would effect the baby... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Stress: Stress is inevitable. To relieve it, we react or respond. Reaction is automatic. Response is a choice.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Depends: Not sure what they are testing for. There are drug screens that will identify the presence of any medication/drug, but most likely they are only testi... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Less specific: Autism is one type of developmental disorder and is characterized by abnormal social interaction and communication with repetitive behaviors occurring... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Absolutely not: We can't help you if you hide anything and that is what we are here for. As others have noted if you feel uncomforatable about talking about anything ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Agree with dr nawaz about possible opiate withdrawal. Also Prozac (fluoxetine) can sometimes increase anxiety. You should talk to your doctor and let ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes: Depends on what dose you are on. Maximum is 150-200 mg. There are several alternatives to add as well.
A female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Minimal: Not sure what you are referring to as uta. Bystolic (nebivolol) is a BP medication. Hydrocodone does have some CNS depression. That is not that high o... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Cipralex ?: Don't know what cipralex is, but as far as Lorazepam and Clarithromycin there are no interactions.
A member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Nutri Bullet?: Not sure what it is. If just multivitamin woud be beneficial. As far as Paxil (paroxetine) and Lovastatin there are no known interactions, but as alwa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not ruined: It is not possible to "ruin" your body, but binging could cause some serious health issues and if you are also purging that can create other health pr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
See your doctor: The question is why you ask this ap question. You should discuss with your prescribing doctor before stopping the medication and can help you with a t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Gradual taper: Depending on what dose, Methadone taper can be a long process. When below 30 mg, switching to Suboxone (buprenorphine) may be an option.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mood stabilizer: Most common are lithium, depakote, or lamictal. Seroquel and Abilify (aripiprazole) are also used. Many other options if side effects or inadequate re... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes: Doses of over 30 mg of Abilify (aripiprazole) are not indicated for anyone? You should go to the er to be evaluated.

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Jun 13, 2015
I have learned a great deal from Dr. Moranville, and look forward to learning more. Clearly an expert in his field, and warmly meets patients where they are and collaborates well with colleagues. Heal...Read More
Mar 6, 2013
Dr. Moranville is a very experienced physician who writes compassionate, well-grounded answers for people with a wide range of issues. And he acknowledges when he needs more info. I appreciate his p...Read More
Jun 2, 2015
Highly recommend Dr Moranville for his hard work, dedication and passionate work in the field of medical psychiatry
HealthTap member
Thanks for your answer. No, actually I meant 1mg of Lexapro. Some months back, I started on 5mg of Lexapro and I had a bad reaction. Through the roof anxiety and major insomnia. The doc prescribed 1mg...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! no im not i meant to put that on hers cuz it had me do her a profile some reason.lol thanks and no i havent dont know how tobring it up
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Thanks for your quick reply! This is a very powerful drug with many side effects; I decided to quit cold turkey after 6yrs, THIS WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL & CLINICS

Awards

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco 1991-2002
Top Doctor, First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

HealthTap Club MD
American Psychiatric Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
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