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Dr. John Gaffney

Psychiatry
Marlton, NJ
27 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
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Psychiatry

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

420 Answers
155 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin does work on different neurotransmitters than SSRI's - specifically norepinephrine and dopamine. That said, you mentioned using Xanax (alpr... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Nope: Should be fine ... There aren't any interactions. Hope it helps!
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Easiest way: Easiest way is decrease to 100 mg. x 3 days, 50 mg. x 3 days then discontinue. Unless your liver is severely impaired - this should be fine. However... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends on dose: Unfortunately, without knowing the dose of each - it's impossible to say. However, both temazepam and oxazepam have decent half lives (roughly 8 hour... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes: Bactroban (mupirocin) is a highly potent topical antibiotic. If there is an infection at the wound site, it would be appropriate to use this after cle... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Cross titration: Zoloft and Lexapro (escitalopram) are both metabolized by the same pathway. As such, a cross titration is usually recommended to avoid any adverse ef... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Consultation: There are quite a few options available to you - including online physician consultations (such as those available on HealthTap). Hope that helps!
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
See your doctor : This presentation of symptoms could be a range of things from very minor (viral infection) to very serious - and everything in between. Best to head ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Narcissism: I'm afraid your answer may have been truncated because it doesn't seem like there's a question in there for us. But, here's a great article about Nar... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Normal dose: As you mentioned, this is a side effect that can occur with Effexor (venlafaxine) XR. Generally, these side effects are transient and go away after a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Emsam: This question gets a little tricky because Emsam is a patch and elimination can be delayed because of tissue uptake of the drug. Generally, the FDA h... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Absolutely: Low potassium (or what we call, hypokalemia) can have a wide array of symptoms associated with it. Generally, they are in the constellation of weakne... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No way to tell : Unfortunately, dietary supplements are regulated as foods (as opposed to drugs). As such, they are not required to undergo the same testing (or prove... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Gastritis: Unfortunately, this is a fairly ambiguous result ... However, it is normally seen in patients who have a bacterial infection called Helicobacter Pylor... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Mostly: Unfortunately, there are some side effects that are associated with any medication. Usually these tend to taper off over the next week or so - as your... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends ...: This is definitely a very commonly used dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) ... Increasing the dose might benefit you by decreasing any residual symptoms y... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not really: Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is actually one of the components of Adderall XR. That said, it does have a different delivery mechanism. But, taken as p... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Motrin: Wow, you're really lucky to have never had a headache before - Congratulations! Treat with OTC ibuprofen or acetaminophen/paracetamol. Feel better so... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends: Great question! Because of the ways that calories are stored (eg, sugars are converted to fats) - a lot depends on your body composition, metabolism, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Probably.: Shouldn't be a problem as long as its regular Zyrtec (DO NOT attempt with Zyrtec-D) and you don't have any history of severe reactions with antihistam... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Great question: And the honest answer is ... No one is really sure, unfortunately. This is because circulating serotonin doesn't necessarily correlate with how you "f... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No way to tell : Unfortunately, dietary supplements are regulated as foods (as opposed to drugs). As such, they are not required to undergo the same testing (or prove... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends: Most likely, yes ... But it depends on the dose that was prescribed whether you will need to cross titrate. Hope that helps!
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Sleep: I'm sorry to say ... But without some more information, it's impossible to really answer this question adequately. However, the best way to combat be... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam): Unfortunately these side effects are quite common with Xanax (alprazolam). You can minimize them a little by cutting down on the dose a bit. As well... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well ...: It's hard to predict exactly what symptoms may occur. However, it sounds like you're partnering with your doctor in a very smart way & taking an e... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Withdrawal?: I've treated quite a lot of addictions ... But, in all honesty, have never seen someone with acetaminophen withdrawal. You can always consult with a p... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Psychotherapy: Seeing a psychologist to discuss your anxiety is about as natural as you can get ... And probably your best bet. There are some "natural" supplements... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Plan-B: Well, Plan-B is the most common emergency contraceptive in the United States. It essentially tricks your body by inhibiting ovulation. When taken pro... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well ...: Probably just the body recognizing that there is something in the body the body that shouldn't be there -- however -- best to have it checked out by y... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well ...: If you have the influenza virus, then you are sick for now. Hope that helps.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Therapy: Unfortunately treating anorexia is never as easy as just feeding someone more food. Best bet for recovery is creating a multidisciplinary plan that ad... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well...: Yes, the dosages are different between the 2 medicines. Generic companies have to stay within a certain margin of error when it comes to producing med... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Cyproheptadine: Periactin does interact with Lexapro (escitalopram) and may decrease the efficacy of Lexapro (escitalopram) when taken together. Perhaps a different a... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Alternatives: There are many alternatives that can be used for pain depending on your history and the condition being treated. Many people find relief In a multi-tr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Biproduct: Ketones are the waste byproducts of fat metabolism. There are many reasons why this might be happening ... It's hard to narrow down without more info... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Spinal stenosis: This is a condition resulting from degenerative changes in the spine (for you, this would mean the neck). What actually happens is that the bone that ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
LGERD: Sometimes this symptom can be caused by laryngopharyngeal reflux of stomach acid (if so, usually the damage occurs when you're sleeping because you do... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not ideal: It's obviously not ideal ... But, if you're doing it - just listen and don't look at the screen (ie, use ur phone laying down not the computer) - as t... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends: Celexa and Klonopin (clonazepam) are not contraindicated. However, you should really consider taking these medications at the prescribed doses. A 5 m... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Unclear : This was one of many trials that have been conducted with Benicar (olmesartan) which showed a slight increase in mortality among "high risk" diabetic... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Sure ...: Well, to be more precise, it depends on what you define as "stomach problems." Malabsorption of essential nutrients affects many (and varied) function... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Weight loss: At 216 pounds, your BMI would be > 30. Your best bet is to start on a sensible, low fat diet ... Your doctor should be able to partner with you an... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Highly unlikely : Highly unlikely ... There's always a super small chance but it's almost impossible. Check a pregnancy test in 1-2 weeks if you really want to be reas... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Chlorpromazine : Thorazine is a commonly accepted treatment for intractable hiccups. It's unfortunate that the effect lasted for so little time, as this medication ha... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Psychiatrist: Xanax (alprazolam) has a pregnancy category of D. I'd suggest talking all of the risks over with your OB/GYN and a psychiatrist. Xanax (alprazolam) i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
ER: Sounds like you're going through a really tough time. If you're feeling like you might want to hurt yourself - your best option is to head to the near... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No: The mechanism of action differs in all 3 (aripiprazole, quetiapine & ziprasidone) ... However, the main therapeutic target for these is D2 (a typ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well ...: Technically, it depends on the anesthetic agent that's being used ... But anesthesiologists are very adept at handling any medications patients may be... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Balanced diet : Your best bet is always a balanced diet ... Higher in fruits and vegetables and low in refined sugars with some protein. Don't forget to drink plenty ... Read More
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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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