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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri

Psychiatry
San Mateo, CA
18 years experience male

Locations

Fremont Hospital

Fremont, CA

Address

39001 Sundale Drive, Fremont, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company

San Mateo Clinic

San Mateo, CA

About

Bio

I am committed to providing treatment that is based on the latest scientific advances and is personalized to your needs. I believe that close collaboration with you and your other providers is the most effective way to help reach your goals. Look forward to working together.

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

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Telugu

Doctor Q&A

228 Answers
371 Agrees
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
SSRI : Sometimes ssris can trigger an upswing in those who have a vulnerability for having bipolar disorder. These upswings can impair one's judgement, such ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Possibly: This depends on the availability of psychiatrists in your area. It is often most practical to start with your primary care doc. Your initial eval shou... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Depends on what the zoloft (sertraline) is treating - a stimulant like Ritalin can increase anxiety and this could interfere with the anxiety-reducing... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Depends: Your primary care doc can evaluate you for the tell tales signs and refer you to a psychiatrist for further evaluation.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Less than a week: It takes 1-2 days for amitryptyline and its byproducts to drop to half the starting level. Over 95% is out by 5-10 days.
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Ob/gyn docs provide primary care for gynecological problems. They can suggest next steps including treatment or a specialist if needed.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Although a bit tricky for the reason you describe so well, it is possible to improve how one copes with anxiety. Assessing for medical problems alongs... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Followup : Call your psychiatrist to discuss what the source of the anxiety is and how best to manage it.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: The risks of amitryptyline have to weighed against the benefits in a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Its a difficult decision for parents. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Vocal and motor tics: You can look up more information at this site: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001744/.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Unlikely but...: Reactive attachment disorder starts early in development and develops progressively, so the problem does build up. However, if the "quieter" symptoms ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Not exactly: A relationship might exist between reactive attachment disorder and antisocial or disruptive behaviors - social withdrawal, a quieter symptom, can als... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
No evidence: Alternative approaches like the one you mentioned are not evidence based. For local evaluation/ treatment, please visit: https://www.Healthtap.Com/#ex... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Vocal and motor tics: Those with tourette's syndrome make either uncontrolled sounds or motor movements. See below for a full description: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/p... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Obesity paradox: A major mystery in medical research is the observation that despite its many problems, obesity predicts better outcomes in cardiopulmonary illness, th... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
No: Selective mutism is a manifestation of early and extreme social phobia. The major risk is arises from high anxiety in childhood - something you are or... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Carb craving leading to rapid weight gain can be a side effect of zyprexa (olanzapine). After stopping the drug, it is normal for side effects to reso... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Portion size: Splitting food into portions before eating can brings into awareness when eating exceeds non-binge amounts. Once the excess portions can be measured, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Fear of needles, fear of heights, fear of flying... Here's more information: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001952/.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Depends on whether the behaviors indicate a disorder. In psychiatry, drug "dependence" is the term for addiction. Any drug dependence carries a long-t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Gut has serotonin: Common antidepressants (ssris like prozac) act on serotonin and the gut has more serotonin than the brain.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
& psychotherapy...: As dr. Cunnar describes, medications can reverse symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy can often capitalize on a calmer brain to make lasting... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Dysthymia is a constant low mood state that persists for years. It is different than major depression which occurs across blocks of time and alongside... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Evaluate: Have your primary care doc evaluate your medications and screen for medical causes.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
No.: As stated visual hallucinations can vary but similar themes might recur.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Unknown: In addition to thinking about side effects, it is important to ask what evidence supports the use of phototherapy in a 2.5 year old and for what condi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Discuss: If these are side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) discuss them with your prescribing doctor - some side effects of lexapro, (escitalopram) especiall... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: If nightmares are a constant problem, please obtain a psychiatry referral from your primary care doc. There are many different causes for nightmares t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: In an anxious person, overeating, feeling bloated or other discomfort is more likely to trigger your the nerves that control heart rhythms - palpitati... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Time to clear: Zoloft (sertraline) is usually out of your system in 5-7 days. However, as stated previously, the effects you will experience are a combination of: t... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: A diagnosis of schizophrenia used to meant that the individual had to live inside a psychiatric facility several decades ago but now most of these pat... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Self injurious behavior (sib) is clinically seen in the context of borderline personality disorder in the case of adults. It is however more common in... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Someone in a manic episode needs to immediately see a psychiatrist. Switching vitamins has little to do with treating mania.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Not known: The ingredients of relora are not well defined so you will not know what any batch actually contains. This means that interactions between citalopram ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: For the short term your primary doc can offer treatments to reduce your anxiety - there are lots of options. Presumably the anxiety should resolve onc... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Although there is nothing proven to prevent dementia there are several measures that can potentially reduce the impact. Frequent engagement in cogniti... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Fear: You are describing worry and fear, which are the main features of anxiety disorders. As there are many medical causes for this as well, start with you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Sounds like the anxiety is becoming a problem before you have any more problems with your shoulder. If this is the case, see a psychiatrist or psychol... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
3 main causes: Alzheimer's disease, lewy body dementia and vascular dementia are the top 3 causes of dementia. Lew body dementia is accompanied by visual hallucinati... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: It has a half life of 40-50 hours, meaning that its levels half in that time. Would take about 5 days for it to leave the body.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Abruptly switching from one to the other may be difficult to tolerate and unsafe, so discuss the process of doing so with your prescriving doc.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: There are a few reports that diabetes insipidus or problems concentrating urine occur in anorexia nervosa. In these case, the longer and worse the ano... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: There are no known drug-drug interactions between Paxil (paroxetine) and accutane. Problems might however arise from the reasons why someone takes pa... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Yes: Yes there are severe cases where mania can last more than one month.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
No: Lexapro's effectiveness is not related to when one takes the drug and it is often switched to bedtime if there is sleepiness associated with it.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Although Cocaine levels can be cleared out of your blood in a few hours, it can be detected in hair for a month. So depending on the organ involved th... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
A psychiatrist: Depression is often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder and can make treatment more difficult. Make an appointment with a psychiatrist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Depends on history: Response to previous treatments during episodes of depression is a good guide as is family history. Depression that is not responsive to any medicatio... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, bipolar disorder type-i can present with hypersexuality.
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A member asked:
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 18 years experience
See below: Yes that Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) dose should show up positive. The answer depends a bit on the test being used and doesn'... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Nov 3, 2012
Very informative answers. Always quick to respond to patients. Definitely a great doctor!
Nov 8, 2012
Very knowledgable doctor. Great answers and a great doctor to follow!
Apr 20, 2013
Very accurate and timely answers.
HealthTap member
My pedestrian aksed me to take her for blood exchange because her bilirubin level is too High..is it really necessary to go for blood exchange?
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Also though, I've gained at least 20 to 25 lbs. Not good for me.
HealthTap member
I eat healthy and cut portions. I still put on 2lbs/week on Depakote.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Thought Leader, First Place, San Mateo County, CA - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, San Mateo County, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, San Mateo County Region, CA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
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