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Dr. Alan Cohen

Psychiatry
Berkeley, CA
40 years experience male

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Alan J Cohen MD

Berkeley, CA

Address

PO Box 9147, Berkeley, CA
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Fax

(510) 667-7522

Office

Berkeley, CA

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

163 Answers
48 Agrees
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Facial dryness: I would clarify the cause of the dryness first. Are you using a drying agent, alcohol based cleanser or over washing with soaps? There are medical con... Read More
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Catalepsy: Common on awakening and going to sleep. Compare it to cataplexy, a sudden falling out.
A 26-year-old male asked:
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Sex: There's no risk to your liver, unless you have unsafe sex and contract hepatitis b or c or hiv. You may experience exhaustion, depending on the freque... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
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Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a form of methylphenidate, a stimulantt used for adhd and other conditions. Sudden, abrupt discontinuation is not reco... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Cacao: Dark chocolate has higher % of cacao , the bean from which chocolate is made. It's less sweet, doesn't have the milk of milk choc which has more fat a... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Family Discussion: Ask the family md +\-oncologist to have a family meeting to inform mother. This should be done with sensitivity to her emotions, as she's overwhelmed ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Steroids: Steroids are powerfully effective anti-inflammatory meds, the strongest. They also have lots of side effects. In psychiatry we see frequent reactions ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Pill ID: Gabapentin (neurontin (gabapentin) generic)300mg. There are free programs online to identify pills, one is drugs.Com. Neurontin is an neurological... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
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Restless: There are many possibilities. Without a good history and physical, medications used, allergies, drugs, etc, it would be shooting in the dark . The co... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
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Bupropion: Etoh lowers seizure threshold, making you more vulnerable to having a seizure under certain circumstances. Bupropion can cause seizures, though the ra... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Bereavement: This is a timely question. Apa guidelines(being revised) say after 2 months, if symptoms persist, it is a major depression, or pathological grief. I... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Aneurysm : Aneurysm - this is an anatomical enlargement , (abnormal) in a blood vessel, either congenital or developed from high blood pressure. Vasodilation is ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): If you have suicidal thoughts, contact your md immediately or go to an er. The recurrence of depressive symptoms after being stable on a dose of an a... Read More
A member asked:
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Sleep: I recommend an evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea. Your primary md can administer a simple questionnaire , the epworth scale.
A 39-year-old female asked:
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Gas: It can be, or from food intolerance or lactose intolerance. After a GI bug such as an entero or norwalk virus, it may take a week or 2 to regain the l... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
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Weight loss: See your md for a thorough history and physical. Certain conditions , like hyperthyroidism, can cause a person to eat and not gain, or even lose weigh... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
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Xanax (alprazolam): First-it's not a good idea to "go cold turkey" off a drug such as xanax, (alprazolam) a triazolobenzodiazepine. Benzodiaepine (xanax (alprazolam) is a... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
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Bacterial Meningitis: It is possible for residual neurological effects to occur by post- infectious syndromes or local inflammatory reactions. There is no specific post in... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Adder all: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is derived from dextro amphetamine and amphetamine. They were Dexedrine , still available , and b... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
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Testicular pain : There are several things. Torsion of testcle, but that is very painful, infection in the testicle, or epididymis , prostatitis , or kidney stones. Che... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Palpitations: Could be a number of things. A good medical work up should check cardio grams, labs, esp thyroid which is very common in women. Hyperthyroidism can lo... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Non- thyroidal : Yes, this sounds like what was called"euthyroid sick syndrome. The thyroid labs look confusing, low or normal TSH and low T4 & t3 (liothyronine). Asso... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
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Neuropathy: The symptoms depend of which nerves are affected. Sensory nerves affected tend to cause tingling, numbness, shooting pains, temperature changes, among... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
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Strattera (atomoxetine): Any drug can be abused, but no, it has no reinforcing qualities that controlled drugs have. There is no euphoric or acute mood elevating effect. Unlik... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
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Ephedra: Ephedra can be dangerous, raising bp, causing cardiovascular problems. It also can aggravate your anxiety. I would suggest a discussion with md to con... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
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Orange Juice: It should lower ph a bit , depending on amount and concentration. It contains citric acid. Acids lower ph, alkaline substances raise ph.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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OCD: Although it may occur in some with ocd, it is not diagnostic in and of itself. Many people may have similar reactions without a diagnosis of ocd. It i... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
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Metformin: Metformin may help some, be aware that it can cause vitamin B12 deficiency with neurological sequelae like peripheral neuropathy- numbness in feet and... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
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Schizophrenia: No one really knows. There have been studies suggesting a spectrum of signs or symptoms that may run in relatives of an individual who has the illness... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
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ADD: The drug issue is believed to be, in part, a self medication. Meth and Cocaine are of the family of medications , psychostimulants, that are used for ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
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Testosterone: Yes, there are a number of herbal extracts: avena sativa/oat ext., muira pauma , stinging nettle, horny goat weed (really), . These generally work by... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
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Thyroid: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. 6 times more in females than males. It's autoimmune , like rheumatoid arthritis. E... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Thyroid + Pregnancy: Due to increased hormone levels , a woman's need for thyroid replacement may go up. Careful monitoring in all trimesters is important . Untreated hypo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): L-arginine and other Amino Acids used to enhance Nitric Oxide levels are safe, in general, with amphetamines. However, intense workouts with stimulant... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Scabies: I know of no natural remedy that i would trust to effectively treat this condition. See a dermatologist or your primary care md.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Somnambulism: Sleep walking can be caused by a few different things. Most commonly it's a dissociative disorder, a psychiatric condition. Partial complex seizures, ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
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ADHD: Some do, but that is not universal. One problem that may make it appear to be so is that many ideas and projects will come to mind and may be started... Read More
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ADHD: Diagnosis is made on a clinical basis. There are some very good structured clinical interview forms available that ask lots of pertinent questions and... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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PH: Tcm, traditional chinese medicine , may assist you in correcting a perceived imbalance in your system regarding acid/base ph. There are practitioners ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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HEP B, C: Hepatitis b and c are blood born viruses. Transmission is through direct contact with blood or secretions from an individual who carries the active v... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Pregnancy: Some may be more likely to raise your prolactin level(paxil), which could disrupt or inhibit normal menses. However, it is not recommended to try to c... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Med combo: There can be drug interactions , especially added sedation with all of them, a combined synergistic effect where the individual effects are multiplied... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Anosmia: Taste is mostly dependent on the sense of smell. Loss of that sense is called anosmia. A very common cause is head trauma, due to shearing of the tiny... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Topamax (topiramate): It can. Many of the meds used for bipolar disorder can affect sleep patterns. Hopefully they will help normalize your sleep/ wake cycle, which is crit... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Bupropion: Wellbutrin xl , a form of bupropion , is an antidepressant unlike many in use today. It does not work through the serotonin system the way prozac, (fl... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Gas: Diet is important. You may be lactose intolerant. Dairy products can be eliminated to see if that resolves it. There may be other food groups or parti... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Cloud9: Mdpv is a designer drug with powerful stimulant effects, much stronger than methylphenidate. It can be very toxic, with blood pressure elevations, pan... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Vitamins: Vitamin d comes from the sun, and fortified milk and other foods. Iceland had a high incidence of rickets years ago due to poor sunlight. B12 and fola... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Hypothyroid : Be sure your TSH and thyroid levels are properly adjusted in addition to good control of clinical symptoms of the illness. If you still have constipat... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
40 years experience
Crashes: There several reasons for stimulants to be uneven in effectiveness, with sudden changes in blood levels, tolerance, metabolic clearance, etc. One reme... Read More

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HealthTap member
Jan 2, 2013
I appreciate your informed comments about topamax treatment. I will tell my psychiatrist about your findings.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cohen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cohen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you. i m 28 yrs old guy and face the same issue.. my memory is not good enough. i forget names the person i meet. and alwaysv headache
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I take 60mg of adderall 4x's a day & still am having trouble concentrating.Plus I take intuniv. Do you have any suggestions on combo drugs?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I will definitely try these suggestions. Nothing seems to work thus far. BP meds make it plummet.

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Alameda County, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Alameda County, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Alameda County, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCSF 1987-1990

Publications

“Psycho stimulants and AIDS Dementia”, with Dr. Mark Leary, Northern California Psychiatric Physician, (NCPS Bulletin), pp. 16-17, December 1991 “Pseu...
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction with Ginkgo Biloba Extract
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