Dr. Patricia Foster

Psychiatry
Boulder, CO
46 years experience female

Locations

Patricia L. Foster, M.D., LLC

Boulder, CO

Address

4770 Baseline Rd, Suite 200, Boulder, CO, United States
Directions

Fax

2039302804

About

Bio

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I completed a Master’s degree in Special Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I then went to medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine followed by my psychiatry residency there also. Post-residency I completed a two year fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a one year fellowship in psychopharmacological research (both fellowships) at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC. I am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. I love being a psychiatrist and being able to make to make a difference in people’s lives. I practice the biopsychosocial model of psychiatry.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Colorado, Connecticut

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Start with AA: Asking your question here is a first step. Go to an AA meeting today. Find a meeting near you: http://www.aa.org/ and be surrounded by countless other... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Need more info: Please clarify what you mean by 'paradoxical' effect, eg. what symptoms and/or side effects changed with dose lowering? Kindly resubmit so we can bett... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Alcohol blackouts: Get help to stop drinking alcohol. Blackouts from drinking alcohol are dangerous and a sign of alcohol abuse. Talk to your pcp, consider going to an A... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Child's nightmares: Children may have nightmares for many reasons, eg, stress they can't verbalize, changes in routine. If nightmares persist, speak to pediatrician or a ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: How do you get refills for so high a dose? Be 100% honest with what's going on including other meds, alcohol or substances you ingest that are addicti... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Ignore: The more you participate in all aspects of treatment, your chances for long-term recovery increase.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Get help: Be safe and tell a family member or trusted friend what you're doing. See a mental health professional as soon as possible for help. For a good overvi... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Bath salt: addiction is serious and potentially life-threatening: http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors-page/messages-director/2011/02/bath-salts-emergin... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: There are many medical problems that can effect your metabolism causing fatigue, eg., thyroid, diabetes, anemia, autoimmune disorders, viral infection... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: About 2/3 of BuSpar (buspirone) dose is out of the system in 24 hours. If you still have muscle twitching and jerking of your limbs after 2 - 3 days d... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Clonazepam is safe: Your daughter may get a little sleepy on clonazepam 0.25 mg., but it's being given at bedtime so shouldn't be a problem. It's safe to give. I wouldn't... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Ok: One time aspirin for headache should be fine. Check with prescribing doctor if you use more often.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Yes: Stress over time, particularly when feeling helpless to control, can develop into depression. Feeling demoralized may be an early sign. Best to learn ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Talk to doctor: Lamictal and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) not known to effect your menstrual cycle. Check with doctor prescribing Cyselle re a... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Get help now..: You did nothing wrong. Tell your family and/or a close friend how you're feeling. Ask one of them to come with you to the nearest ER for help. If you ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Antidepressant dose: You may need a low maintenance dose to keep symptoms of depression or anxiety controlled. Discuss with your prescribing doctor or psychiatrist. Many p... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Need an eval: Vitamins or herbs alone can't help severe bipolar illness. Please read this, especially the part about "How do Doctors Treat It (Bipolar Disorder)" : ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Remeron (mirtazapine) dose change: Your Remeron (mirtazapine) dose may be lowered; but you should not change the dose unless supervised by your doctor. You should have follow-up visits ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Anxiety: See your prescribing MD to discuss your meds. Consider seeing a psychiatrist if you're not already. Suggest you see an experienced mental health thera... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Safe: Cipramil (generic = citalopram) is a "second generation" antidepressant also used to treat anxiety. They have far fewer side effects than th... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Get help now..: Agree with advice to take your daughter to urgent care or ER if expressing thoughts of wanting to kill people. She needs a complete evaluation, prefer... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Drug interactions: You are on 6 medications (don't know the name of the muscle relaxant) that have serious drug interactions. It's possible that the muscle relaxant may ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Don't drink: Nucynta (tapentadol) is an opiate pain medication with high abuse potential. You also take Meloxicam, which contains various analgesics and hydrocorti... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Should be ok: to take Latuda (lurasidone) 20 mg pill at midnight. But please review what to do with prescribing doctor. If you've missed the pill for almost 24 hr, ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
E-cigarettes: are not regulated for safety by the FDA but some studies have shown e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, including carcinogens. See: http://www.lun... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Caution: Combining lithium with Wellbutrin (bupropion) increases risk for seizures. Lithium interacts with Lamictal to increase dizziness, drowsiness and diffi... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Marijuana: Can't say specifically how marijuana "occasional smoking" will affect your boyfriend without more details; but It's long-lasting in the body, so even ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Get help now: You should NOT be ok that someone raped you. Have no contact with this man. Please get help with professionals trained to assist you: https://www.rain... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Binge eating?: If you overeat to the point of physical distress in a repeated way, consider help for binging. Junk food is more likely to cause indigestion, etc bec... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Ignore: Get help when you need it. Seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Ignore: Fight the negativity that's part of depression. Use positive thinking whenever possible.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: Memory problems can be caused by many things from stress to more serious medical problems. If your arm is also hurting, that's plenty of reason to see... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See answer: If you have been functioning well for a considerable time, discuss slightly decreasing Risperidal (risperidone) dose with treating doctor. See how you... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Ignore: Learn how to forgive. Letting go of past hurts will help depression.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Brain fog: can mean different things, eg, confused, distracted, forgetful, depressed. Many underlying medical conditions can cause these symptoms. Consider seein... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Don't use mj..: Please see doctor for Costochondritis pain relief if not resolving yet and for alopecia. Need to find cause for hair loss and proper treatment. Mariju... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Should be fine: I found no significant drug interactions between Co-Amoxiclav and mirtazapine. But always check with your prescribing doctor. Best wishes.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
None as effective: Your 15 yr old daughter should have a say in how she feels off v. taking Concerta. Discuss with prescribing doctor her not taking med on non-school da... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Hold the weights: See your pcp for questions re lower back pain, possible muscle sprain and guidance on cardio. Hold off on weights until no more pain. Consult with a ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Slow down: You're young and likely healthy, but if new to doing squats take it slower. Stop if you're in pain. Your muscles need to recover. Try gentle stretchi... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Serotonin syndrome: Rasagiline can have potentially serious drug interactions with sertraline from excess serotonin in the brain. Please review with prescribing doctor wi... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Unlikely: to have contact with alcohol so should not cause problem. However, if you are in rehab for alcohol, suggest caution re relationships with others who a... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Calm flight: You might try Melatonin, which is OTC. But check with your pcp first. An eye mask may also help. Avoid caffeine the day before until you've landed as ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: There are many reasons for a 'random' episode of depression when you've been stable on Celexa (citalopram) 20 mg for > a year: recent life stress, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
See MD: You're taking a hefty dose of clomipramine plus Risperidal (risperidone) (?dose) which have numerous side effects and some drug interactions. Ple... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Nicotine: About 1 - 2 mg. per cigarette is absorbed into the bloodstream. Nicotine is a stimulant and addicting. It increases blood pressure and heart rate. It ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
OCD: Diagnosing OCD requires a clinical evaluation by a mental health professional. Ask your pcp for a referral. See: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/public... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Not safe: Nicotine lozenges contain nicotine. They are taken to help stop smoking by withdrawing from nicotine slowly and safely. Taking too many lozenges can c... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Depends: Good question. If you had blood-work done for an alcohol related or other medical problem, best to check with your doctor. If you had blood-work done ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 46 years experience
Good question: Tell your doctor you want to understand what bipolar diagnosis means as it applies to you. Ask your parents or other family to tell you how you acted ... Read More
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Oct 9, 2015
Dr. Foster is warm,witty and wonderful! Combined with brains and looks, what more could we ask of anybody? Her answers are sound medically and often inspiring. Plus she's truly generous in her suppo...Read More
I strongly endorse and recommend Dr. Patricia Foster as an expert in child and adult psychiatry. She is clinically astute, compassionate, incisive, and articulate, Dr. Foster is a tremendous asset to ...Read More
Jul 2, 2015
Dr. Foster provides excellent advice in a wonderful manner. I'm very happy to have an opportunity to learn from her replies and know she is helping so many patients. What an asset!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks I know it's an expense but feel she should be kept on Concerta if it's working and not because of the cost and my husband's health insurance which is th...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Saw my Dr. went off it for now... as side effects wear off we may try a lower dose or switch to Effexor. I seem to need a little boost from my antidepressant not one th...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for this brief thorough description. My 11 year old son suffers from add and every medication I have put him on makes him sick depressed. I'm trying to...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn

Residency

MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Connecticut - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Connecticut - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, Third Place, Bridgeport Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Boulder County Medical Society
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