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Dr. Andrea Brand

Family Medicine
Sarasota, FL
female

Locations

Sarasota County Health Department

Sarasota, FL

Address

22000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

I am a board certified family physician who enjoys helping people live healthier lives. I hope experience has taught me to listen first, speak later. Hobbies include reading, bicycling, and swimming, especially with my golden retrievers.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See doctor: Severe pain in the hand and wrist after punching may signal fracture, and warrants a doctor visit as soon as possible.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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Pregnancy test: A home pregnancy test should give a reliable result at the time of a missed period. If negative, and menses does not appear , it's wise to repeat the ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Doctor visit needed: Sorry to hear this. Difficulty swallowing solids can signal a serious illness, and should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. Loving support... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Higher dose: The hormones in one birth control pill are not in high enough levels to be used a an emergency contraceptive (EC) Multiple pills must be taken to get ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Prolactin: Some medications can cause elevated prolactin ( hormone regulating milk production) levels, which may lead to milky discharge from the breasts.Your do... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible: Any unprotected sex can result in pregnancy. Suggest a pregnancy test at time of missed period.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a doctor: The possible causes of difficulty maintaining an erection are varied, and range from lack of sufficient blood flow to nerve damage, anxiety, stress, a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a doctor: Blood in the urine is not normal and could signal infection or stone, among other possibilities. The "chalky" appearing urine and symptoms you descr... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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Maximum dose: The recommended maximum daily dose of sertraline is 200 mg. A doctor will gauge the dose for an individual patient based on response and side effects.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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Abnormal discharge: Yellow discharge may be a sign of infection. Best to see your health care provider for examination.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Aerobic training: Under usual circumstances, a history of childhood asthma should not prevent a person from enjoying the benefits of aerobic exercise (activity that sus... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pregnancy test: Sexual activity can lead to pregnancy, so it's wise to take a pregnancy test if you have had sex and have unusual vaginal bleeding. Discharge could be... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not recommended: I would not recommend using an expired home pregnancy test. The results may not be reliable.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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Cycle changes: Plan B contains hormones which may affect your cycle and result in bleeding. Pregnancy is always a possibility when you have sex, though, so best to d... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a doctor: The pain in your tonsil area may signal an infection. Best to see your doctor for examination.
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A male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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See doctor: Best to see a doctor for examination at this point. A painful boil may need treatment.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Body works: Your body takes care of the "clean out" through its normal processes. What you can do to help is eat a balanced diet, maintain hydration and get suffi... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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High blood pressure?: Amlodipine and atenolol are drugs commonly prescribed for high blood pressure (hypertension). Your doctor can tell you the reason for prescribing the ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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No: Oral contraceptives need to be taken at 24 hour intervals to be most effective. Unprotected sex has the potential to expose you to sexually transmitte... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible: Time of ovulation is difficult to determine precisely, so unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Conception: Sperm must enter the vagina for fertilization of an egg. oral exposure to sperm can not cause pregnancy.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
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Not ok to mix: Taking a tranquillizer after consuming alcohol is not recommended and could be dangerous. Drinking alcohol can raise blood pressure.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Moderation: In moderation, coffee before breakfast should be OK.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Aerobic exercise: Aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, jogging, swimming) done 5 times per week for 30 minutes will help maintain fitness. If you are just starting out w... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Heb B antibodies: Yes, antibody tests can help distinguish immunity induced by vaccine from immunity due to past infection with hep B virus.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Missed pill: Missing a birth control pill or taking it late can alter the menstrual cycle, and increase risk for pregnancy. Best to do a pregnancy test when menses... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood in stools: Blood in stools is not normal and needs to be explained. The association of blood in stools and pain suggest a significant problem, possibly colitis. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Overactive bladder: Many medications are available to treat overactive bladder. Most of them help to reduce bladder spasm. Your doctor can explain how they work and possi... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dehydration, cramps: Dehydration can cause muscle cramps. Best way to avoid and /or treat this is to keep well hydrated by replacing fluids ( drink water).
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Dr. Andrea Brand
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See doctor: If symptoms are not improved after taking prescribed medication, it's best to see the doctor for examination and appropriate tests to confirm a diagno... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Heart disease: Coronary calcium score and stress testing may be used to complement each other in diagnosing heart disease; one is not necessarily better than the oth... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See doctor: Suggest you ask your parent of guardian to take you to the doctor for examination and appropriate tests to diagnose the problem, which may or may not ... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Use protection: STD's, especially HIV, can be transmitted through anal sex, so condoms are a must to protect yourself. The anal tissues are easily injured, and anal i... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a dermatologist: The lesion you describe has 2 red flag signs: size greater than 6 mm and irregular borders. Dryness and scaling of the lesion are possible warning sig... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible infection: Unusual odor of the urine and flank pain may signal a urinary tract infection, which can be present without painful urination. Best to see a doctor fo... Read More
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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood in urine: Blood in the urine is not normal and should be evaluated. Possible causes include infection, stones, blood disorders, trauma . Your doctor can help so... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Any unprotected sex can result in pregnancy.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible infection: Pelvic pain and discharge may signal an infection. Best to see your doctor for examination, appropriate tests and treatment.
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A female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Use protection: STD's, especially HIV, can be transmitted through anal sex, so condoms are a must to protect yourself. The anal tissues are easily injured, and anal i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Unprotected sex: Since the precise onset of menses and timing of ovulation can vary and may be difficult to predict, unprotected sex may result in pregnancy.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Getting: Getting regular professional cleaning will help keep teeth and gums healthy.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sitting: Sitting next to a window in the morning can help symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Do: try duct tape Don't: touch the wart to other parts of the body.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Thirst, urination: Increased thist, excess urination, increased hunger, changes in vision are common symptoms of diabetes. In typwe one diabetes, weight loss, nausea and... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Failure: Failure to sweat when overheated signals heatstroke and is an emergency requiring immediate cooling.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Muscles: Muscles need time to recover. Take rest days.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Do:: Do: drink water before, during and after exercise Don't :wait until you're thirsty to rehydrate.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Having hep c antibody does not equal active infection. Check a viral load to confirm active disease.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Beta: Beta carotene supplementation is associated with increased risk for lung cancer in smokers.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Early treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease helps reduce risk for infertility.
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Testimonials
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Dr.Brand gives very good information.Accurate and helpful.I learn a lot from her answers.Her real life patients are fortunate to have such a good and compassionate doctor.I recommend her highly.
Jul 20, 2014
I endorse Dr. Brand. The information she shares on Healthtap is understandable, compassionate, accurate & well, it just makes sense. She is providing a valuable service to the public.
May 12, 2015
Super helpful, collaborates well with colleagues and meet patients when they are in a warm, humane way. I learned a great deal from Dr. Brand, and HealthTap is lucky to have her!
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Carbs = Sugar. Fruit has way too much sugar in it. Sugar is sugar whether natural or not. Yolk eggs may certainly increase chloresterol. Whole grain toast turns into sugar though a little slower. Bye...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I guess ill wait untill next month to check it out when i get my root canal i hope i dont die over stupid snuff. Good thing i didnt start when young!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your answer! So the key is to persevere and gradually build resistance! I have problems especially in the winter or when there's fog/mis

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
MD

Residency

SOUTHSIDE HOSPITAL
Completed 1977

Awards

American Cancer Society Media Award for newspaper column,"Life to 120"
"Rookie Small Business Person of the Year" award for my house call practice , Dr Brand at your Door
Top Doctor, First Place, Sarasota Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Florida State University School of Medicine
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