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Dr. John Gaffney

Psychiatry
Marlton, NJ
25 years experience male

Locations

Virtua

Marlton, NJ

Address

90 Brick Road, Marlton, NJ, US
Directions

Practice website

Insurances accepted

CIGNA Health Care

UnitedHealthcare

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

About

Bio

I'm a dual board certified physician in family practice & psychiatry. I really enjoy examining the intersection of how and to what extent the mind influences our physical health. Look forward to helping in any way I can!

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Psychiatry

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

514 Answers
190 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
All of them: Well, technically, all of them ... However, on the medical side - a psychiatrist or neurologist are physicians that specialize in the treatment of ner... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
GERD: The symptoms of reflux disease and angina are very very similar .... A very common presentation in the ER is people suffering from angina who think th... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends: Good Q! Budesonide is a potent synthetic corticosteroid (but does not metabolize into cortisol). Im unsure what vials you're adding - but budesonide ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Safe: All abortions are incredibly safe procedures ... In fact, they are safer than child birth. Usually they do not cause any fertility issues. That said,... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't panic ...: The main things you want to avoid are food-borne illnesses (ie, undercooked foods). Caesar salad dressing is made with eggs as I recall (ie, undercoo... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bad combo: These medications are all sedating and have a potential to interact depending on the dosage taken. Lorazepam ingestion can be reversed with a medicati... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See your PCP 2 start: Unfortunately, there isn't quite enough information to make any kind of educated guess for you. The experience of needles "piercing" or "pricking" is ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shouldn't be: You're taking a fairly low dose of both Prozac and Valium ... But, yes, because of the way Prozac is metabolized, it will effect the concentration of ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Effexor (venlafaxine): Effexor (venlafaxine) is a fairly balanced compound in that it works on both norepinephrine and serotonin fairly equally (unlike Cymbalta for instance... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Buprenorphine: Hard to say ... Buprenorphine has a variable half life of 20-44 hours ... So unfortunately there's no definitive way to say for sure.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
NoDoz (caffeine): NoDoz is a formulation of caffeine .. However, definitely not advisable for any type of use over a few days. Your best bet is to titrate the caffeine ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Therapy: Psychotherapy is really your best bet usually in combination with psychopharmacological interventions that are targeted towards your specific symptoms... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Way to high!: It would be unethical for any of us to condone taking medication not prescribed for you by your doctor. BUT - PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY - this is an EX... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Technically ...: Technically Zyrtec is the strongest of the OTC non-sedating antihistamines - if you look at binding receptor profiles (followed by Allegra (fexofenadi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Try topicals: The only interaction between OTC cold medicines and paroxetine is the increased risk for serotonin syndrome (rare). If you have a history of this syn... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Probably not: Why are you taking Suboxone and methadone? They're very rarely used together. The problem with methadone is that the bioavailability & half-life... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Never hurts: It sounds like you may have been infected with a new pathogen or some sort of secondary infection. It's always good to have your doctor evaluate exac... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nope: Topical ointments - especially at a potency at which OTC products use - are very rarely systemically absorbed. Should be fine to use. Good luck!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Chronic fatigue: Chronic fatigue is something that is becoming increasingly recognized in medical practice. Unfortunately fatigue can be a symptom of nearly any medic... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Yes, that is a fairly high dose ... But, it's very likely that your system has accommodated to the racemic mixture that comprises Adderall. I'd sugge... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wouldn't hurt ...: That's an extremely low dose of Ritalin (methylphenidate) ... But, I have always come from the school of "better safe than sorry." Discontinuing the R... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sensitization: There are a few treatments you can try ... There are prescription medications you can discuss with your physician (eg, usually antidepressants) - but ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nutritionist: If you're working out that often and not seeing any results in terms of weight loss, it might be time to consult with a nutritionist or dietician. I'... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See your doctor: If this is a symptom that just started recently -- see your doctor straight away as it can be a sign of something more serious going on ... Better saf... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Titrate: Best shot for success is to reduce the dose by 50% for 1 week then discontinue. Although this is a low dose of Xanax, (alprazolam) I always suggest d... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Absolutely: There is a spectrum of depression symptoms that also vary greatly and are highly subjective in nature and cause. However it's completely normal to go... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Equal chances...: The reduction of hypersexuality symptoms have been shown with some second generation antipsychotics and not in others ... so it essentially depends on... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Many: A few years back, Interferon was the only game in town for MS treatments - now there are quite a few (eg, Copaxone, (glatiramer) Aubagio, etc.). Talk... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Klonopin (clonazepam): Klonopin (clonazepam) is extensively metabolized through the liver and an increase in liver function enzymes is listed as a possible adverse reaction.... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Named pharmacy: Your best bet is to find a pharmacy chain in all of the places that you travel (eg, CVS, Target, etc) as it's fairly easy to transfer prescriptions fr... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hives: This could honestly be a ton of things ... But the most likely explanation is hives/urticaria. Try identifying what has changed since it started (new... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Phentermine: Phentermine is a central nervous system stimulant (much like the ADHD medications). Hope that helps!
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Theoretically, both.: Lyrica (pregabalin) works on the GABA-nergic system (the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human brain). Pain stimulates the neurons fire at ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Should be fine: Since GPC is already found naturally in the brain - shouldn't be a problem. You can always check with your doctor just to make sure ... But should be... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Rx Vitamin-D: There is a prescription version of concentrated Vitamin-D3. If you have a good drug plan, this is probably the least expensive option (for a generic ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Yes, this is a standard practice to prevent infection. Although a recent study demonstrated little use for them ... They're more for prevention than ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See your doctor: Best way to taper any drug is with the advice and help of your doctor. Without knowing a whole lot more, it would be impossible for any of us to advi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Probably: Should be ok ... But definitely use your best judgement. If it tastes bad, then don't drink it. Good luck!
A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It shouldn't ...: It shouldn't ... But ... Unfortunately, dietary supplements are regulated as foods (as opposed to drugs). As such, they are not required to undergo t... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nope: Some of those medications can interact with each other ... But Plan B will not interact with any of the current medications you're taking. Hope that h... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sure: Taking the medicine on alternative days is a great strategy for weaning yourself off. The only thing to keep in mind is that if you need to take it m... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Need clarification : I'm sorry ... But we will need some more information on exactly what question your asking. Nocturnal emissions are most common during early puberty i... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Well ...: In theory, Wellbutrin (bupropion) could cause hyperprolactinemia but in all honesty, I've never seen it occur in clinical practice. Also, Klonopin (a... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Try reflective cover: Sounds like it's probably just eye strain from staring at the screen. You can buy a cover for the screen at any office supply store to prevent this i... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hang in there: Sounds like you're going through a tough time. I think everyone can empathize with feeling down once in awhile. Here's a great article that might be s... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: No physician in their right mind would ever advocate using steroids ... The dangers far outweigh any perceived benefit.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Same: Well ... they're the same active ingredient at the same dosage strength. However, because it looks like they're manufactured by different companies -... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yup: Yes, an endoscopy would be the test of choice for the evaluation of GERD. Your doctor may choose to utilize a traditional scope or a capsule endoscop... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Retest: One of the metabolites of codeine is morphine - but not heroin. Be aware though, if it was a low yield test (ie, like the kind you buy at the grocery ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes!: Antibiotics decrease hormonal contraceptive efficacy. Use with caution ... Hope that helps!

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Gaffney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gaffney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gaffney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I was hoping that was the case so my doctor would know I was off of phentermine before started dexedrine. Just wanted to make sure they would show up seperate...Read More
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Thanks, I have scheduled an appointment with a doctor. I'm fairly sure it's the drug. I feel otherwise healthy, which is unusual with a cough. Also, the mucus is white, not indicating any immune rxn.
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Ket 4 MDD has been Rx off-label for approx 10 yrs. There are some 200+ psych docs providing treatment across USA. Only 2 in ATL incl Emory Thank You

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 2000MD

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER

Residency

HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Assistant Clinical Professor
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, New Jersey - Fall
2015
Thought Leader, Third Place, New Jersey - Fall
2015

Affiliations

Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
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