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Dr. John Hsiao

Psychiatry
Buffalo Mills, PA
41 years experience male

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Psychiatry

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34 Answers
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Maybe: Everybody loses their car keys or forgets a name or can't remember what they did yesterday.... Some times. Some people habitually lose things, forge... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
No: Concor is bispropolol, a beta-blocker used for high blood pressure & angina (chest pain). Fatigue & depression are known side effects (generally) of ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Unlikely: Klonopin (clonazepam) has a very long half-life, meaning it hangs around in your body & is gradually removed for a long time after your last dose (gra... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
They couldn't hurt: Reputable supplier & cheap. Don't take too much, it accumulates.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: But thc appears in the urine so you're likely to test positive anyway.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Maybe: Formication is not a usual side-effect for temazepam, nor is it common for a new side-effect to crop up when increasing the dose of a benzodiazepine. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Nothing: Your stomach/intestines are pretty much constantly in motion, which is why you hear them "growling". No pain, no nausea, no change in bowel, "feel f... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: If you take too much thyroid medicine. Lab tests should rule it out, however, & there are lots of other reasons for your symptoms. Are your labs dif... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probably not: Everything you list sounds chronic & unlikely to be helped by a visit to an emergency room. Go see your pcp.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Go to the ER NOW: Maybe the Coumadin (warfarin) isn't working well or maybe he hasn't taken it or maybe he has had a bleed & a compartment syndrome, but whatever it is ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Normal: Unless you were able to do this reliably before & now you can't, you have nothing to worry about.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probably not: But pretty much any side effect is possible w/ any drug. However, having it happen 3 wks after stopping doesn't raise a lot of suspicion.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Something else: If it 's not irritation (itching) then you probably have dermatillomania, which is just a fancy way of saying you obsessively pick at yourself. This ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Take a time out: Concentrate on your breathing & try to breathe more slowly (using your abdominal muscles to draw in breath rather than your chest may be particularly ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Jitteriness: Weight loss, insomnia, palpitations, abnormal heart rhythms, dysphoria, panic attacks, psychosis, mania, addiction.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
If you believe in it: Some people swear by fws, but there is no scientific evidence that it benefits anything other than fw labs' profits. One of the most effective anxio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes - saddle sores: Spending hours perched on a bicycle seat is likely to leave your groin sore & numb. It's hard to enjoy sex if your privates are tender or have no fee... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
If not driving: Alcohol is a very good relaxant & safe when used in moderation. The problem is when someone uses "muscle tension & anxiety" to justify heavy drinking... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probably depression: Your other question asked about dealing w/ depressioin. If you're 24 & sleeping constantly & unhappy, you might have a medical problem (low thyroid, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Not long: Trazodone has a biphasic half-life but both phases are short (3-6 & 5-9 hours). The rule of thumb is that your body is "cleaned out" after 5 half-liv... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes, even doctors: Get anxious & take xanax (alprazolam). No, xanax (alprazolam) will not make you dumb(er). Xanax (alprazolam) is not a good chronic medicine. It's h... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Several screening: Tests can be used, but the bottom line is to identify (through a test or by history) a persistent decrease in memory or other cognitive function. Pra... Read More
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
NO: It's a nutriceutical prepared by enzymatic digestion of pig brains. There is no (zero, none, nada) evidence of efficacy for anything other than the m... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
It has caffeiine: & caffeine will help anyone focus, at $1 per capsule, you'd do better drinking a cup of coffee.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Don't get an iPhone: If you truly have an "internet addiction" - meaning that you compulsively surf to the detriment of relationships, work, and real life - then getting a... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probably: Don't become obese or develop type 2 diabetes, control your blood pressure & lipids, stay physically active & exercise & keep your brain active w/ wor... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes, but : Are you asking about treatment or prevention & are you thinking of dementia or delirium. There are relatively few metabolic causes of dementia (b6 or... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depends: On what you're detoxifying.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probably nothing bad: If they've been working things up for 2 yrs & not found anything terrible, then it's very very unlikely to be anything (assuming your doctors aren't c... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes, but: It doesn't help much. Cholinesterase inhibitors (aricept, razadyne, Exelon (rivastigmine) patch) and Namenda have been shown to slow progression of c... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Taper or switch: Suddenly stopping short half life ssri (paxil) & snri (pristiq, effexor, (venlafaxine) cymbalta) antidepressants after long term treatment with them (... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Very very few: <100 around the world & over time. You don't have it. Btw, it is closely related to mad cow disease & creutzfeldt-jakob disease & is caused by accu... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: There is no evidence of pharmacological interactions between these and otc decongestants like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or sudafec.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Take a vacation: Go some place far enough away that you can't get any meth. Craving should go up & down. You could try working w/ na good luck.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hsiao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hsiao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Excellent break down on the biphasic half life! Learned something new!
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Thanks for your feedback! yes, i have had this multiple times before sometimes it lasts longer than others.
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Xanax has nasty side effects. Clonaz worked for me

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University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
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