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Dr. Shariq Refai

Psychiatry
Jacksonville, FL
14 years experience male

Locations

Baptist medical center

Jacksonville, FL

Address

800 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 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 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. I suggest you stay away from drugs, and even synthetic marijuana is not safe and cause harmful effects.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Eat: Eat a healthy well balanced diet, multivitamin daily, 8 glasses of water a day, & 7-8 hrs of sleep.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Talk : talk to your doctor, possibly a social worker, a disability lawyer who can all guide you in the right direction and to get an appropriate disability e... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: Having false positive for Cocaine gives no indication to consider liver or kidney disease. There are medications which can cause a false positive coca... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Take: Take your multivitamin in the morning to utilize nutrients through the day.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Call: call your doctor and discuss if stopping the medication would be appropriate and if possibly finding an alternative would be possible. depends on the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: see a therapist/counselor who can help you. may also consider seeing a psychiatrist, as you may have some anxiety that needs medication treatment as w... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Different: one is a stimulant the other is an antidepressant, both are used to treat Attention deficit disorder.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Usually addiction.: People usually use kratom as a substitute for opioid abuse or dependence because it is not detected in urine drug screen. These things though can be d... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
It could.: could be from anemia related to menstrual cycles, could be thyroid, could be other deficiencies or lack of appropriate sleep. see your physician for a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Usually ok: Usually diet pills do contain stimulants. Depends on what you are taking zoloft (sertraline) for. Discuss this with your prescribing physician. There ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Anxiety: Get anxiety treatment. There are many ways to treat anxiety. See a psychiatrist or therapist to help you manage your anxiety. Marijuana is not always ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
You can: Discuss your side effects with your physician who can help you wean off. Generally cut the dose in half for afew days then completely stop. Discuss it... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Under supervision: Discuss it with your physician to see what is safest for you. However 50mg is low enough to stop it without having to decrease the dose.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: There is no way to increase the size of your penis. There is no pill, contraption or exercise. You have what you have and this is it. There is a surgi... Read More
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A 73-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Take...: Try to take an over the counter anti allergy medication daily. Try the 24 hr non drowsy version daily and see if it helps after a week or two. If it d... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Menstrual: Breast tenderness could also be related to your menstrual cycle.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: Yes you should try to seek a safer, more first line treatment for your anxiety. Therapy, counseling also play a crucial role in treatment along with m... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
For: For bipolar disorder, take your medications daily even when you are feeling fine.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
What: What are the side effects? Best to discuss this with your physician. Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause weird side effects and is especially prone to dis... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Possible: It is always possible to get pregnant as long as you are having sex, safe or not. Do a pregnancy test.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: Some peoples resting heart rates are naturally low. If you have no other symptoms and youve been to your physician for a general check up and he ruled... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: What do you mean naturally? There is nothing you can eat or take to remove your hair. There are over the counter hair removers you can use. Some of th... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Anything: It could be just generalized fatigue, it could be stress, anxiety, it could be depression, it could be from overexerting yourself, it could be from wo... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes it can be: Yes valium can be addictive. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which are addictive especially if taken daily. Diazepam is long ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
See a physician: See a physician to get evaluated for dysfunctional uterine bleeding. There are many causes and some of the things causing it can be easily treated.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Injury: Could be a vasular problem or from some sort of trauma. Have it assessed by a physician for appropriate workup, physical exam, and treatment.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Gain weight: As you get older it will start filling it. But the fastest way to do it is to gain weight.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: There is no interaction noted between the two of them.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Could have: Some pregnancy tests can detect it 7-10 days after your missed period. Yes it could have been positive.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Could be: Could be wound healing, or it could be dryness associated with the weather.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
There is help: Talk to your physician, you may need a sleep study. Also sleep hygiene is important as well. Getting on a routine. Learning to wind down. No naps duri... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usua... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Monitor: Monitor your intake and output with your physical activity. There are phone applications you can use which can help you keep a log of your activity an... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Tension headaches: There are relaxation exercises which help with tension headaches. Learning to relax and decompress as well as getting enough sleep which usually is 7-... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Not antidepressant: Clonazapem is not an antidepressant and will not help with depression. It is used as an anti-anxiety medication . It is used as a rescue medication fo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
IBS: The symptoms you described are typical of ibs. See a psychiatrist and/or a therapist to address your anxiety and with the improvement of your anxiety ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes: Waking up late and not getting enough sleep can affect your daily activities and can also affect your mood. You need to adjust your sleep wake cycles.... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
There are none: There are no known interactions. Discuss risks benefits side effects and concerns with your prescribing physician.
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Depends on use.: It depends on how often you use it. If you used it only once it can be detected by blood for 12-24 hours while it is detected in urine from 1-7 days. ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No time frame : Panic attacks dont have a time frame. Everyones varies. If your panic attacks are not under control there is help out there. Se a psychiatrist who can... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
A psychiatrist.: See a psychiatrist. There are people who specialize in autism. There are therapist and providers who specialize in autism. Search for local providers.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Maybe: What dose can give you a feeling of euphoria depends on multiple things. Dose, age, height, weight, metabolism, etc can all be a factor.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Nothing: Masturbating will not affect the size of your hands.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
One way to know. : Could be either one. Only way to be certain is to do a pregnancy test. They are sold pretty cheap in any drug store. Wait to see if you have your peri... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Dont: Dont make medication adjustments on your own. Discuss the side effects you are having with your physician and follow his recommendations. If you are h... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Can happen: There are some studies that linnk lasting depression with the use of propecia (finasteride). The only way to know if you would experience that side ef... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Need physical: See your physician. The symptoms you are describing could be caused by an enlarged prostate. You will need an appropriate physical exam.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Could be viral: Could just be a viral illness or could a throat infection or just even a cold. If the symptoms continue past 5 days then see a physician for further w... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Dizziness: Relatively safe in combination but depends on the doses. The two can cause dizziness and light headedness if taken together. Follow the direction of y... 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
Thank you for quick response, please tell any quick trick to cut down the weight bit more easy and shows the faster result.....

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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