Dr. Shariq Refai

Psychiatry
Jacksonville, FL
15 years experience male

Locations

Baptist medical center

Jacksonville, FL

Address

800 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Cigna

About

Bio

Shariq Refai, MD, obtained B.S. in Biology and in Health Science with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in Jacksonville, FL at the University of North Florida. This was followed by MD degree at St. Georges University School of Medicine. He trained in General Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI and at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. He is Board eligible with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has practiced in Bangor, ME and in Jacksonville, FL specializing in the field of general adult psychiatry. Dr. Refai's patients enjoy his personalized treatment and focus on improving quality of life. His philosophy is that understanding human interaction is crucial to treatment, however, recognizing that each person is a product of their experiences and environment allows for individualized treatment. His concentration during treatment includes making sure that each patient has a team of providers and caregivers working together to come up with the best possible treatment strategy for each patient.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Its always: It is always recommended to be assessed by a mental professional.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Discuss: Discuss it with your physician. Depending on what medications they are and what they are treating there may be cheaper options. You can also speak to ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
There is no cure. : There is no cure for bipolar disorder. Medications help to control it and improve quality of life. There are no medications which can cure it.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Always: it can always be dangerous to use illicit substances.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Buspirone: generic name buspirone.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
There are many.: citalopram, venlafaxine, sertraline, paroxetine, escitalopram, mirtazapine, just to name a few.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Usually. : Well depends. What is it being used for. It treats many different things. It can be taken anywhere from 3-9 months and sometimes even longer.
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A male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Being on.: Is he seeing a psychiatrist for management of his depression? Looks like a weird combo of drugs. Some of the symptoms you describe can be a side effec... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Depression: Depression can lead to irritability, frustration, and mood instability even. Get it treated.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Best way: Best way to get help is to see your provider who can do an appropriate physical exam to know exactly what the red bumps are. Without a physical exam i... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Ben gay: You can try over the counter anti-inflammatory or ben-gay. You can also try ibuprofen. A heat compress helps some as well. See your physician if you h... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Many: There are many. Take a multivitamin every morning and a b complex vitamin which should cover them. There are also vitamins sold specifically for hair ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Difficult: The percent chance is difficult to determine. It depends on many variables including if you are on birth control, his sperm count, if he ejaculated or... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes: Only way to know is to ask. Discuss treatment options with your physician and be open and honest.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
That's great: Well that's excellent. Thanks for that information.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
There is help : If you don't feel comfortable talking to your doctor about this then try to find someone who specializes in this. You can do a google search for peopl... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
No: Cats hair does not cause asthma, but if you already have asthma it can exacerbate it. If you are allergic to it then it can cause an allergic reaction... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Addiction: Ni my experience, xanax (alprazolam) is highly addicting and easily abused because of that. Atarax is considered not addicting and helps with anxiety ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
There: There is no pill, exercise, creams, or contraptions that can increase penis size. Only surgery.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes: Yes this is normal. During deep sleep, rem stage, the autonomic nervous system or more specifically the parasympathetic nervous system can cause erect... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Never ok: It is never ok to self medicate. There are many factors that go into the choice of a drug used, as well as what dose to use. See a physician who can p... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Diagnosis yes: You can get a diagnosis of depression at any age with or without parent permission. You can not get treated for it however, without parent permission.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
No: Nothing can replace actually flossing your teeth. The floss gets in between the crevices of your teeth and really cleans most of your mouth, while not... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Not in small: Its not bad for you in small amounts.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Best posed: This question is best posed to your doctor who knows your history better. Xanax (alprazolam) does not treat bipolar and is very addicting so not good.... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Take: Eat a lot of fiber in your diet, they sell fiber pills in the pharmacy too to increase fiber intake. Drink a lot of water. Take Ibuprofen or tylenol (... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Well: Some literature has shown that vitamin c given to g6pd deficient patient can cause rupture of red blood cells (hemolysis) at high doses. At lower dose... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Depends: Does it hurt only when you touch it? Or is it a vague hurt? It is never appropriate to eat while laying down. Yes this could just be gas, if it is usu... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes you could: Yes you could be pregnant. As long as you had sex you could always b pregnant. The only guarantee is abstinence. Do a pregnancy test to be certain.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Nothing to worry : No, not to worry. This can be normal. Menstrual cycles can vary to a degree due to stress and other factors.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Dont clean it: You should not be sticking anything in your ear including a q tip.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Educate: Educate yourself about it. Ask questions. Discuss your fear with your physician and im sure your physician will try to put you at ease. Dont be afraid... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
physical exam: Get checked by a physician. The only way to know what it is for certain is to do a physical exam with history. Schools have nurses you can see as well... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Baby powder: Use baby powder after showering on your scrotum. It will prevent chaffing and absorb moisture. If you are in environments which cause you to sweat all... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Umm: Well some anal fissures require surgery. Use the treatment recommended by your physician. If you have not seen a physician then it is best to be evalu... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
You could: Yes you could. Do a pregnancy test to be certain. Any time you have sex you can be pregnant.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Shown: Hpv has been detected in some breast cancer tissue but nothing has shown that it is the cause of it. It may however, play a role in contributing to it... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Eat more: Keep track of your calories. You must take in more calories then you burn. There is app for phones called myfitnesspal which can help you keep track o... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes: Yes you can split the felxaril tablet if you need to but take the medication as prescribed by your physician. If you make or want to make any medicati... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Birth control: See your physician and they can prescribe birth control which regulates periods beautifully. You do not have to be sexually active to go on birth cont... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
It's ok. : It is ok to take supplements with citalopram generally but check with your physician to make sure it's ok for you.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Also.: Not abnormal because Remeron (mirtazapine) increases appetite. When you went off of it your appetite just went back to your normal previous to when yo... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes: Yes, in some people anxiety can cause stomach pain.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Mirror: Usually just looking in the mirror you should be able to see a pimple or a dimple.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Rest it. : Depends on the cause. Treat the cause. It can be by allergies by yelling too much, by smoking, a cyst, acid reflux, trauma, or other things. Treat the... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Could be multiple: Could be multiple things. Could just be a virus or a stomach ulcer or more. Would need further work up by your physician to be certain.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Confer with your..: Under the supervision of your physician is the safest way. Good luck.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
No: No this is not normal. See your physician to have a thorough evaluation to find out what is going on. You may need to go to the er.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Variations. : There are variations in peoples blood pressure. As long as you are not symptomatic, this blood pressure may be normal for you. Some side effects of lo... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 19, 2014
Dr. Shariq Rafai is a knowledgeable and compassionate physician. Dr. Rafai's responses are detailed, concise, and practical. Additionally, Dr. Rafai demonstrates exceptional patient rapport. I am p...Read More
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Oct 10, 2013
I strongly recommend Dr. Refai for his broad knowledge of medicine and psychiatry in particular, his straightforward answers, and his willingness to serve mankind here on Healthtap. I am pleased to ca...Read More
Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Refai s a phenomenal asset to HealthTap. His recommendations are spot-on and his years of experience certainly shines through. I even find myself learning from his knowledge in the field of Psych...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you very much, I want to try and I have come so far, I don't take medication, I believe it has to do as well in the way he died and esoecially his son who did it. I will try the book, I worry ab...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I have a twin and it she is very healthy and im not and I stay depressed and she is always happy
HealthTap member
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

QUEENS HOSPITAL CENTER

Residency

JPS HEALTH NETWORK

Residency

General Psychiatry

Residency

General Psychiatry

Awards

honors society
Top Doctor, Second Place, Florida - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Jacksonville Region, FL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Acadia Hospital

Publications

A Case of Priapism Associated With Rapid Increase in Risperidone Dose
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