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Dr. Sally Rafie

Pharmacology
San Diego , CA
14 years experience female

Locations

The Pharmacists Clinic

San Diego , CA

Address

1105 Rosecrans St, San Diego , CA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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About

Bio

Dr. Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She has trained and worked with Planned Parenthood, University of California San Diego Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Rafie is a licensed pharmacist in California. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at the University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches and trains pharmacy students about emergency contraception and youth-friendly pharmacy services. Dr. Rafie has a long record of research and advocacy in the field of reproductive health and has published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

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Pharmacology

Languages spoken

Persian

Doctor Q&A

57 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No BC if Trying: If you're trying to get pregnant, then you don't want to use brith control. Birth control prevents pregnancy. If no luck after 12 months, make an ap... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
You're protected: As long as you take it within 3 hours...same time is best but don't worry if you're only one hour off. Keep up the good work taking it on time!
A female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Get EC: If you don't want to become pregnant, get some emergency contraception (EC) from the pharmacy, drugstore, or grocery store. You can take it up to 5 d... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No drug interaction : Between cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Depo. The infection could be stressing your body and disrupting your normal cycle. Finish your antibiotic course.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Drug name: Means monohydrate macrocrystals. Technical information about the drug.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: When starting on the Depo shot, you need to use another form of protection for 7 days after the first shot. Of you don't, you could get pregnant. Of... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
It might: She took it right away which is a good thing. It's possible that it may not work given her weight. She can ask her doctor for a prescription for ano... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Question?: Why do you want to switch from Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)? Continue taking your pill to prevent pregnancy until you can meet with you... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
IUDs and implant: Are the most effective methods that are also reversible. Sterilization is very effective and permanent.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No, go get Plan B: Sprintec cannot be used for emergency contraception. Plan B One Step and generic versions are available over the counter. Your health care provider ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Prevents ovulation: Both morning after pills (Plan B and generics, as well as Ella) work by preventing your body from releasing an egg. Ovulation can be delayed by sever... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No: There is no interaction between these two medications, so your birth control will continue to work if taken correctly.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No: The Paragard IUD can act as emergency contraception if inserted within 5 days of unprotected intercourse. It is a very effective form of contraceptio... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: The Gardasil-9 vaccine protects against 9 strains of HPV vaccine. So even someone with 1 type of HPV can benefit from the vaccine.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Ignore: Your body can only absorb up to 500 or 600 mg of calcium at once, so spread out calcium pills.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No: You do not need to go the doctor to check IUD placement. Return only if you are having side effects or other problems or want to change your method, ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: The pill should have been absorbed by 2-3 hours, so you should be protected.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: You can have your Mirena (levonorgestrel) removed by a trained healthcare professional anytime. For example, you may be ready to try to get pregnant.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes will reduce risk: Emergency contraception pills will reduce your risk of pregnancy if taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. But they work better the sooner you take.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Maybe: Trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) and all combination birth control pills can cause some nausea. You can take your dose in the evenings s... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Antibiotic: Used for many purposes, mainly preventing or treating an infection
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Get EC!: Get yourself some emergency contraception right away if you've had unprotected sex in the last 5 days. It may be too soon to detect a pregnancy if yo... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
EC up to 5 days : I believe you are asking how much time you have after an act of unprotected intercourse to take emergency contraception? You have up to 5 days. But i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No need for pill: If you have a contraceptive implant in your arm, that is highly effective for 3 years. You should not take birth control pills in addition.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Probably not: Most antibiotics don't interact with birth control pills. Rifampin and rid ablution do interact and require use of a back up method to prevent pregna... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Try taking at night: Try taking your pill everyday at night or before you go to bed. This way hopefully the nausea will wear off by the time you wake up. There are other... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes but careful: May cause extra drowsiness so be careful and don't drive
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Good idea: The implant is much more effective than the pill. Your provider can insert the implant. You should continue your pill for one week after you get the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Spotting: Is normal. You may notice light bleeding, spotting, or heavier/longer periods for the first 3-6 months.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Some: Some types of birth control, like the pill, can help reduce or suppress menstrual cramps.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No: There's no drug interaction with these
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Ignore: 9% of women will get pregnant in the first year of using birth control pills.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Not needed: Anesthesia is not needed for this quick procedure. Your doctor will probably use some local anesthetic and maybe give you some pain medicine.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Ignore: Refill birth control on time so you don't miss doses...ask your pharmacy about auto-refills!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Ok together: These two medications do not interact so your birth control will continue to work if you take it at same time as usual.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Coreg (carvedilol): Is used for heart failure or high blood pressure.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
No: The ibuprofen should not affect conception.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Ask your doctor!: Ask your doctor or provider to write the prescription and indicate "continuous use; skip placebo pills" so the pharmacy can process accordingly and gi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes very effective: The birth control implant is called Nexplanon. It is VERY effective at preventing pregnancy. As good as getting your tubes tied while the implant is... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Call pharmacy first: Call the pharmacy first. If they don't address your concerns, you can contact your state board of pharmacy.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Exercise: Will give you energy!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Question?: Your question is not clear. Women of your age can take calcium supplements to meet the daily recommendation. Take a 500 mg tablet with each of two m... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Great method: Mirena (levonorgestrel) is a highly effective method of birth control, so good choice. Once it is placed, you don't have to think about birth control... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Unlikely: Less than 1% of women with an IUD become pregnant in the first year of use. They are. One of the most effective methods of birth control.
A female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Use protection: The morning after pill only helps protects you from become pregnant from unprotected sex in the prior 5 days. Use protection for sex after taking the... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: These two medications do not interact so your birth control will continue to work.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Couple options: Yaz, Yasmin, or equivalent generics are great for acne. There are other options: https://pharmacistsclinic.com/2016/02/08/ask-dr-sally-will-birth-con... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Still effective : Skipping the placebo pills does not affect the effectiveness of your birth control pills. It's safe to skip the placebo pills.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Probably not: The copper IUD works locally in the uterus so there should be no interactions with this root you are eating, but I'm not familiar with it.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sally Rafie
Pharmacology 14 years experience
Yes: IUDs can be used by most women, including those who have never been pregnant

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rafie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rafie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! So i can continue taking Biotin?
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Thankyou (: it helped alot i really want to have a baby (:
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2009

Awards

Top Pharmacologist, First Place, National - Summer
2014
Top Pharmacologist, First Place, California - Spring
2017
Top Pharmacologist, Third Place, the Nation - Spring
2017
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