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Dr. Ladislav Volicer

Geriatric Psychiatry
Agawam, MA
63 years experience male

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I am currently the Courtesy Full Professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Visiting Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney.

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Geriatric Psychiatry

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Believe her: You must first be sure that her stories are wrong and then you can start to worry about her.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Several: Structurally the closest drugs are Mellaril and serentil but they are stronger then neuleptil. Similar strength have Prolixin and trilafon (perphenazi... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Many things: One of them is bleeding from a stomach ulcer that is being investigated by x=ray using barium contrast medium that you probably drunk.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Short term deficit: Alzheimer's disease affects mainly short-term memory. People cannot remember what happened 5 minutes ago but still remember what happened 50 years ago... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
They do not: After stopping the medication the side effects will go away.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Probably not: Effexor (venlafaxine) side effects can cause nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness, and loss of appetite. Increased blood pressure can occu... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Different drugs: Abilify (aripiprazole) and Buspar are very different medications, Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic and Buspar antidepressant. One should not... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
It may not: Frequency to urinate is very rare side-effect of Mirtazapine and it is not known if it gets better or worse with time. If it is bothering you, you mig... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not clear: Trpa1 may be involved in cold perception and neuropathic pain but it is not known if it is involved in other diseases.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Long time: Some marihuana substances have an elimination half-life of 20 hours. However, some are stored in body fat and have a elimination half-life of 10 to 13... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
May be lengthy: If your appendix perforated, you might have developed abdominal infection and it may take a while to get it under control.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
SSRIs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) are considered the best choice for treatment of depression if you can tolerate one of them. I am sure ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
None: Giving precursors of acetylcholine, that would provide choline, is not effective in prevention or treatment of alzheimer's disease.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Dementia as disease: At some point, dementia was considered a consequence of normal aging. Now we know that there are several diseases responsible for it and that not ever... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Is getting better: You probably meant overbreathing. That means that he is able to breath on his own and is getting better.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Can happen: If people with alzheimer's disease are in a situation that they do not understand, they may become frustrated and develop anger towards whatever they ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Dementia is syndrome: Dementia can be caused by many conditions, of which alzheimer's disease is the most common.
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Very gradually: You might want to decrease the dose to 0.5 mg for about a week, then 0.25 mg for a week and then stop it.
A male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Safe but ineffective: You might be just wasting your money. There is no evidence that nootropics are effective.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not much: Vascular dementia is caused most commonly by small strokes and oxygen would help only in the acute phase.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not necessary: Everybody is dying sooner or later. Palliative care is provided for somebody who has a life-threatening disease that may cause death but it is not cle... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Depression impairmen: Cognitive impairment (e.g., memory problems) may occur in people who are depressed and may improve be treatment of depression. However, very often the... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Possibly: There is an anecdotal evidence about coconut oil helping in alzheimer§s disease but no real research has been done. There is a medical diet called axo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
It depends: Palliative care can be provided in all these settings. If some symptoms are too severe, e.g., pain, it may be necessary to hospitalize the patient.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Comfort care: Palliative care is provided for somebody who has a life-threatening disease that may cause death but it is not clear when. It strives to increase qual... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Many: Symptoms of andropause may include loss of libido and potency, nervousness, depression, impaired memory, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insom... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not really: You could get addicted to sleeping pills. It is better to find out why do you cannot sleep and fix that. Talk to your doctor.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Infection treatment: Urclar is a trade name for clarithromycin. It belongs to the class of macrolides and is used in the treatment of systemic infections.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not clear question: I do not understand your question. Were you diagnosed with alzheimer's disease? If you were, you need to plan for your future and medicaid application... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
You may be depressed: You might not know if you are depressed and you better see a doctor to evaluate you. You might get over losing your spouse with time.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not clear: You need neurological examination to decide if you are developing alzheimer's disease.
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
You need examination: Trouble speaking may mean beginning of some form of dementia and you need an examination by a neurologist.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
It depends: There are several reasons for lack of control of urine. You need to get that investigated by a physician.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Hair cololring: There is no medicine for that but you can get hair coloring.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Stop alprazolam: You probably have an anxiety but Remeron (mirtazapine) should be able to control it without alprazolam.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Nobody knows: In most cases, it is not clear what are the causes of alzheimer's disease. In some cases, the cause is an abnormal gene but that is true in only about... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Moderate to severe: Persons with alzheimer's disease may become angry if they do not understand another person. Especially, if the other person tries to provide care they... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Experience: Older people feel they have more experience and if their advice is not accepted they are grumpy. However, do not put all of them in the same box. Wait... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
She certainly is: You can expect that her confusion can get worse during a trip. On the other hand, your brother needs some vacation. Could you substitute for him and t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
No virus: There is no evidence that a virus is causing alzheimer's disease.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Not likely: Unless you have in your family several members who developed alzheimer's disease in an early age, it is unlikely that you would get it. If you do, the... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
You might feel bad: Common responses to dose reduction or cessation of ssris include dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confus... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Go to a doctor: The person might have a dementia or some medical illness. She needs to be investigated by a physician.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
It depends: It depends on how do you feel. If you have vomiting, somnolence or tremor, you might want to see a doctor. However, there are not reports the Abilify ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Which help?: There are many different kinds of help that could be provided but they depend on the stage of the disease and needs of the patient.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Stress does: That paper describes increased uptake of tryptophan caused by glucocorticoids. If you stress yourself while exercising, you might get some increase in... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
We do not know: We know about some symptoms that increase the risk of faster progression (e.g., extrapyramidal symptoms) but we do not know why they occur.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Long time: One half of mirtazepine dose is eliminated in 20 to 40 hrs (26 in males, 37 in females). That means that mirtazepine stays in your body for several da... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Yes: Person with alzheimer's disease may develop a catastrophic reaction if they are in a stressful situation that they do not understand.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Volicer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Volicer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you very much. My mum has Alzheimer's is drinking approx 300-400 mls she has not passed urine for 24 hrs. Is she close to death please
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This was very helpful. Thanks! As I understand, It is an anticholinergic drug and Mayo clinic says it may cause cause memory loss and confusion for geriatric patients. I had these
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Thanks for the help, Dr. Volicer! If they find any mutations in the TRP gene(s) in my genome, it would be interesting..would explain a lot.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine, Czech Republic
Graduated 1959MD

Medical/Graduate school

Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
Graduated 1965MD

Awards

Gibson Travelling Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology
Top Doctor, Third Place, Springfield, MA - Winter
2013
Top Geriatric Psychiatrist, First Place, National - Winter
2013
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