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Dr. Mark Shukhman

Psychiatry
IL
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Skokie, IL

Address

4711 Golf Rd # 1200, Skokie, IL
Directions

Fax

8477704484

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

My patients are dealing with problems related to mood, anxiety, sleep, sex, appetite, energy level, weight control. A big part of my practice is treatment of addiction. I know the standards of care well – I used to teach other doctors the skills to pass the board exams, - but I also know what can be offered beyond the common standards. In some cases, I use medications that are not commonly prescribed - MAOI, Xyrem, LDN, to name a few; in some cases, supplements and vitamins can replace medications or at least cab help decrease the doses of medications. In many cases, addressing thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue or using bio-identical hormones can solve the problems that antidepressants and sedatives cannot solve. To schedule an appointment in person, call 847 563 4488 To schedule an appointment online, follow the directions by HealthTap

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

Anti-Aging Medicine

Geriatric Psychiatry

Holistic Medicine

Pain Management

Specialty

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

Russian

Doctor Q&A

93 Answers
37 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
A lot: they calm you down; they can put you to sleep; do not take a lot of them, because you can stop breathing, can have seizures and many other unpleasant... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depends: the answer is different depending on "last for - - what". officially, it can be taken once a day. I have patients taking every other day. At the same ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: paracetamol is the sane as acetaminophen. totally different mechanism from benzodiazepines like clonazepam. It is safe to take together. On the other ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Safe to try, but why: your question contains very little information for a good advice. by anybody. First of all, what did you take medications for? What is your diagnosis?... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
No: Not dangerous, but can be very prolonged. Ask your doctor how to wean off of Suboxone. It will not happen without your effort, but it is doable. Some ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Good luck: if you are fine by the time you are reading this answer,then nothing happened. doxylamine is in an antihistamine: it can make you tired, dry mouse, di... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sure: you need to be more specific in your question. If you need to be awake occasionally – any stimulant will do or if you work shifts – then, provogil or ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
You felt differently: Apparently, alcohol made you feel differently - possibly, calmer, more relaxed, disinhibited. He also possible, that you have a problem with blood sug... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes, but not quickly: Like any medication in its group, it is lethal in overdose. The problem with tranxene (clorazepate) is that people do not feel affected by it right aw... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot sto... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Some steps: I believe you are talking about the condition when some people are lacking the enzyme that metabolizes acetaldehyde. Of course, avoiding alcohol is a ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
yes, you can: Although st. John's wort has multiple herbs – drugs and arabs – herbs interactions, according to medscape, this combination has no interactions.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Actually, this is one of the late side effects of alcoholism. Did you see old alcoholics who walk mornings there legs very carefully, with wide base, ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Tranxene belongs to the same group as xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, etc. It is, however, very long-acting: it starts slowly, but stays in the body for a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes, but not as bad: Tranxene (clorazepate) is a very long-acting benzodiazepine. The general rule is: the longer acting, the less withdrawal (like methodone withdrawal is... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depends on condition: Haloperidol is used for psychosis. If you cannot study because you are hearing voices or your thoughts are so scattered that you can't stay on topic, ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: The shape of the Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) molecule is similar to opioid molecules, and thus sits on the same receptors. All opiods slow bow... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Many: First of all, benzodiazepines replaced barbiturates long time ago. They have all the best of barbiturates (almost) without some of the side effects. U... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Some similarities: "negative symptoms" are some changes seen in patients with schizophrenia. An example is lack of motivation, lack of emotions, "mental confusion", lack... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Quickly: The medication itself does not stay in the body for very long time. Probably, in a few days, it is gone. The effect from citalopram might last for a n... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot sto... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Like barbiturates: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) has butalbital, - an old sedative, which is very addictive. You are addicted if you need to take more... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Is one of the medications that belongs to maoi class. A wonderful group of medications that is not used now much because it was felt that the medicati... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not legally: All of the above are controlled substances. Buprenorphine is even more controlled: the md should have a special license. Look at www.Suboxone.Com - th... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not dangerous: Is a relatively common problem, especially after a lot of sex. Most of the times, it is absolutely benign. Tender loving care "after" helps.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depends on condition: Haloperidol is used for psychosis. If you cannot study because you are hearing voices or your thoughts are so scattered that you can't stay on topic, ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Doctors who know do: So called sinclair method is effective and I use it not only for problems with alcohol, but also with many other behaviors that needs to be changed, s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
At the pharmacy: This medication is not the same as marijuana, although it produces some of the same effects such as increased appetite. Officially, it can be prescrib... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: A lot depends on the size of the shots :) more seriously, if you're dehydrated the next day, you might be more dizzy after giving blood. Otherwise, ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not really: Officially, you can find a long list of side effects from Naltrexone and i will not say that there are no side effects. From the practical standpoint,... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
possibly, yes: Although antidepressants have no direct effect on pain ( well, it can be argued - Cymbalta has indication for neuropathic pain, Effexor (venlafaxine) ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
A great product: it is a medication that can help you abstain from illegal opiates. There are many other uses for this medication, but you need to talk to the person w... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
B1, FA: If alcoholic ends up in the hospital for detoxification, an IV is placed. The bag is yellow and is called " banana bag" because vitamins b1, which is... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: It will stay in your body for about 30 days.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
depends: The standard safety margin is 3-5 days for infrequent use. If you have been a regular or heavy user it may take slightly longer. It also depends on th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
no and yes: Any stimulants potentially can cause miscarriage, including energy drinks. There is another problem with energy drinks: am not sure that all the sugar... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Generally, no: as far as I know, liver problems were even removed from the package insert. It happened in high doses: 300 – 400 mg per day. The patients who had prob... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
For what?: you did not say what your taking the medication for. I would just assume that it is for addiction – most common reasons are addiction to opioids or a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tell me more: naltrexone blocks opioid receptors. I am not sure what you mean by failing. Most likely, the receptors were blocked. Perhaps you say that this blockag... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: It is sad, but yes.... People do heroin while on Naltrexone and do not feel any effects. Then they do more and more and more.... Eventually and sudden... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Lifelong: Na or aa will help you stay clean. If this is not working, try vivitrol or revia (naltrexone). If you realized you keep relapsing, you probably need a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes, but ...: If you take nardil, (phenelzine) you need to avoid certain foods and certain medications. In some people, it can lower blood pressure. Otherwise, it i... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
No, but ...: Generally speaking, this is an important contraindication. The combination can suddenly increase your blood pressure. On the other hand, some skilled ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you gamble instead of doing other important things, if you think about it though the time, she cannot st... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Ambien (zolpidem) works on totally different set of receptors. The medications do not interact. On the other hand, not on the depression itself, but a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: 1. Aa helps, even though is not ideal. 2. There are many reasons people crave alcohol. Are you anxious? Blood sugar regulation problem? I treat patien... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Here it is: in all the conditions you listed memory is affected. delirium – often happens in elderly who developed a medical problem. Confusion and memory problem... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
One of the: Fda approved two ways to take naltrexone: a pill once a day (naltrexone, revia) or a shot once a month (vivitrol). There is another method, when the p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not really: "delayed ejaculation" is a more likely effect of any serotonergic compound, including 5-htp. What are you taking it for? Increased anxiety is more lik... Read More

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Apr 26, 2015
I learn a great deal from Dr. Shukman's answers and expertise. He meets patients where they are and is clear and understandable in his responses. We are lucky to have him here on HealthTap!
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Oct 9, 2013
Very calm, smart without being smug, really cares about how you are feeling. Works with you to find the best treatment for you as an individual. I feel lucky to have found him. He has helped me thr...Read More
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Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) I appreciate you answering my question.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Didnt know it was a benzo. Thanks!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

Kiev State University
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Completed 2000

Residency

Rosalind Franklin University
Completed 1998

Awards

Founding Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

northshore university hospitals
lutheran general hospital
Associates In Psychiatry
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