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Dr. Patrick Tapia

Psychiatry
Birmingham, AL
14 years experience male

Locations

Affiliated Mental Health Services

Birmingham, AL

Address

100 Century Park, Suite 206, Birmingham, AL, United States
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My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

2059787802

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

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Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

Doctor Q&A

371 Answers
358 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Make you sleepy: If you take 60 mg of temazepam you will probably get very sleepy. I am supposing that this may not be a prescribed medication for you although if it ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Get evaluated: You could see a phd level psychologist for a psychological evaluation or a psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. You could also see a social wor... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Brain inflammation: Reactive gliosis is a pathology term that refers to the histological appearance of brain tissue on light microscopy where it is observed that glial ce... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Maybe a little: I would go easy with the coffee in the context of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) administration. The side effects of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are poten... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Probably increase: I would expect Marinol to increase your appetite and in fact this medication has an fda indication for anorexia in aids patients and as a treatment fo... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Treatable condition: The best bet to get prescribed vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is to have a treatable condition that would benefit from receiving a prescription from a med... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Cellular toxicity: There are likely many mechanisms of action but it is perhaps most important to mention that excessive acetaldehyde and alcohol that accompanies binge ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Suicidal thinking: The most important one is to look out for suicidal thinking. The other one that is more subtle would be abnormal increase in thirst and urination ind... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Change is tough: You may be someone that does not like change and craves dependability but that pesky thing called life keeps dishing out more than you can take someti... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Maybe: It could be something to get checked out although there are a lot of causes of low mood that do not involve testosterone. I would think that a conver... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: I think any human being has the capacity to be affected by the suicide of someone they know, this is intrinsic to our species to regard the death of c... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Try this one: The best one is the one that you actually call! you could try the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-talk. There are many though and ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Iatrogenic cause: It could be that the propranolol, Mirtazapine or the Clonazepam could actually be causing the constipation. Another thought is that it could be their... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: I would talk to your psychiatrist, i suspect your blood pressure is either getting low on all of that trazodone and quetiapine or you are becoming sli... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Anemia?: I notice that you in your list of conditions you describe anemia as a condition you have. I was wondering if you have been maintaining follow ups on ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Takes a while: It sounds like it is still in your system. The half life varies quite a bit from person to person although some sources will describe a half life of ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Mild interaction: There is no severe interaction although if the fluoxetine were to be sedating to you then you may feel somewhat sedated. Additionally, the selective ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Probably: The mechanism of action has overlap with effective serotonergic interventions that have already been shown to work for anxiety conditions although it ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
It can: It is thought that most antipsychotics promote Insulin resistance and it may be a function of the same biology that is associated with their therapeut... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Mental health center: If you are having trouble finding the help you need then consider trying to find a mental health center close to where you live to see if they can ide... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Seems fine: These dosages seem to be workable although it is an intense combination of mood stabilizers. The dose of duloxetine at 60 mg is at the usual amount f... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine) rarely: It is thought that Cymbalta (duloxetine) can lead to liver damage rarely. Although not conventionally used as an antidepressant strattera is also som... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: You may benefit from a consideration of more gentle choices for sleep as well as implementation of appropriate sleep hygiene. It can be challenging t... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Heavy: This is a powerful regimen for sleep. I think that the use of eszoplicone chronically may lead to cognitive disturbances that are hopefully reversibl... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Not equal: I am not the best at benzodiazepine conversion but my intuition tells me that 2 mg of diazepam is roughly like 0.5 mg of lorazepam. Notice the decima... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Should be okay: That change should be safe to implement simultaneously, you may want to talk to your doctor about taking the lower dose of fluoxetine for a week and t... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
A little different: It depends on the variables you are examining. From the standpoint of seizure prevention, stopping either medicine suddenly can result in in a seizur... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Dopamine: It is probably an oversimplification to say that they both increase Dopamine and that is why it works. However, there is likely a strong relationship ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Quick onset and end: A 0.5 mg dose of Alprazolam would typically start working within an hour and would probably not be noticeable much beyond about four to eight hours. ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: That would not be unheard of. Talk with your doctor about your concerns!
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Possibly: I would get checked out by your primary care doctor or internist to rule out some medical causes. From a medication standpoint i notice you are on Mi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Get evaluated: I would go talk to a psychiatrist or a primary care doctor that you trust about what you are going through. There may be more than one possible expla... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Increased bleeding: The two interactions that would be characterized relatively minor would be the enhancement of bleeding seen with Amitriptyline combined with Ibuprofen... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk to your doctor: I would talk to to your prescribing physician about your concerns. There may be alternatives for your treatment. Stay safe!
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk to your doctor: You may want to talk with the prescribing physician about the side effects. I would let them know if breaking those tablets in half and taking them l... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Could be bad: Damage to your liver would be the worst problem although too much Xanax (alprazolam) could also cause respiratory suppression that could lead to a hyp... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: It can either make someone talk more and be overly sociable or alternatively make them focus too intently on things around them and be mysteriously si... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Get them checked: I would take them to a pediatric gastroenterologist for a full workup. You might be surprised that these specialists are ready for anything and can h... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk with your MD: I would discuss your plans with your doctor first to make sure you are not missing something although copper deficiency is sometimes seen with zinc su... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: That is a combination of low doses of two medications that have no severe interactions. However, i would be aware that they may make you a little dro... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Tough to say: Although the field of psychiatry continues to advance there is still hypotheses about the relationship of specific monoamine neurotransmitters to the ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes with caution: I would talk with the prescribing physician and review the specific regimen intended. The tramadol may be acting as a way of reducing the reliance on... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Possibly: If you are just thinking about purging then you may not have a fully fledged eating disorder however the fact that you are thinking some about it impl... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Listen and support: I think it is most important to continue to encourage them to stay connected with both their psychiatric treatment as well as their social support sys... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk to a doctor: Your best bet is to talk to the doctor that prescribed them or alternatively talk to an emergency room doctor. Stay safe!
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Supportive measures: Medicines can help, particularly antibiotics for infections. In the context of severe illness part of the rationale for hospitalization is to observe... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No cocaine in Zoloft (sertraline): There is no Cocaine in commercially prepared sertraline. However, you might have some sort of allergic reaction to the filler in the tablet or someth... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk with the doctor: You may want to discuss with your mother's permission your concerns with the doctor. My clinical intuition is that it should be okay although if it w... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk to psychologist: If you always withdraw from intense interpersonal situations and also find social situations awkward or distressing secondary to low self esteem then ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk to a doctor: You should consider seeing the doctor who prescribed this medication or a psychiatrist. You may be experiencing a manic episode that was started by t... Read More

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HealthTap member
Sep 26, 2013
hello my name is jefferey kyle moore i have been looking for someone in my area who specializes in your field i cant not find a doctor i have very bad aniexty bad panic attacks and insomnia im on med...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tapia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tapia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate your honest answer about the potency of this drug. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Allot of big words, maybe I should be worried about my brain.. Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Alabama - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Alabama - Summer
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Alabama - Summer
2013
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