Dr. Ladislav Volicer

Geriatric Psychiatry
Agawam, MA
64 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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English

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
No virus: There is no evidence that a virus is causing alzheimer's disease.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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10 signs: You can get this information at http://www.Alz.Org/national/documents/checklist_10signs.Pdf.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Somewhat: The most important is controlling you blood pressure and cholesterol level. It is also important to have physical exercise and keep mentally fit. Some... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Depends: Alzheimer's disease may be considered to be amyloidosis of the brain. There is also peripheral amyloidosis that affects the heart and other organs but... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Not likely: There is no evidence that herpes virus is related to alzheimer's disease.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
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Methylphenidate: Methylphenidate is a generic name, trade name is ritalin (methylphenidate).
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Four: Three genes on chromosomes 1, 14, and 21 cause autosomal dominant inheritance (that means that 50% of children will get the disease), the fourth one, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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64 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
No: There is no racial difference in risk for developing alzheimer's disease.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Not necessarily: All medical treatment that increase patient's comfort are continued. Some other, e.g., chemotherapy are continued also by some hospices.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Medication, support: There are medications that delay progression of the disease and should be started as soon as possible. It is also important to ask about Alzheimer's a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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64 years experience
One of the causes: Dementia is a syndrome that can be caused by different diseases. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause, but progressive dementia is also caused... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Not much: Vascular dementia is caused most commonly by small strokes and oxygen would help only in the acute phase.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Terminal care: Palliative care is provided for somebody who has a life-threatening disease for which there is no cure and that may cause death but it is not clear wh... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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64 years experience
Never: Hospital is not a good place for people with alzheimer's disease. They should try to avoid going there and get treatment where they are, either at hom... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Definitely: It is good to keep with the stress by smiling. That will keep your attitude better and you can manage the stress better.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Might have infection: She might have urinary tract infection and should be examined by a physician.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
It depends: It depends on your values but i think that the most important thing is keeping contact with your family and friends, tell them that you loved them eve... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Not necessarily: It is not clear how much effect of Soma (carisoprodol) is due to Carisoprodol and how much to its active mebolite meprobamate. Grapefruit juice would ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Pain: Your mother might have had pain and that is why she was yelling out. Morphine is very effective in treating pain very likely it was the reason why she... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Yes: Anksilon is a trade name for Buspirone (buspar) in australia and other countries.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Hopefully not: Kidney stones can be dealt with usually without any difficulties.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Yes: I do not think there is any interaction between these two medications.
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A male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Safe but ineffective: You might be just wasting your money. There is no evidence that nootropics are effective.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Go to a doctor: The person might have a dementia or some medical illness. She needs to be investigated by a physician.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
See a doctor: I do not think that changing your diet would help. You might need a professional evaluation.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
It can be treated: Best treatments are various forms of psychotherapy, such as exposure methods, using video-taped exposure to others vomiting, hypnosis, exposure to nau... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Is getting better: You probably meant overbreathing. That means that he is able to breath on his own and is getting better.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Individualized: The dose has to be individualized and can be anywhere from 25mg to 600mg. Consult with your physician.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Could be medicine: In clinical studies, the most common side effects with Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg were: nausea dizziness, sweating, constipation, decreased appet... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Less common: Higher education decreases the risk of developing alzheimer's disease.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Not known: Alzheimer's disease is only one cause of dementia and there are other causes of memory problem. Some are reversible (e.g., vitamin B12 deficiency) so ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Would make it worse: Neostigmine is blocking effect of acetylcholine and would probably make the cognitive deficit in alzheimer§s disease worse.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Try another PPI: Why are you trying to get of prilosec? You could try another protein pump inhibitor, e.g., Lansoprazole (brand names: prevacid, zoton, monolitum, inhi... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
No: There is no evidence that aluminum is involved in pathogenesis of alzheimer's disease, heated or cold.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
64 years experience
Hardly: Optimistic estimates like this have been made for the the past 20 years and we are not any closer to effective treatment. The current theory, focusin... Read More
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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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