Ratings for Dr. Faruk S. Abuzzahab
This is my second comment about the brilliant and loving care I received from Dr. Faruk Abuzzahab , from 1984 until his recent retirement. I miss his help and encouragement every day, even more than I expected, and not one day goes by that I don’t wish I could consult him. I would not still be among the living if it weren’t for his help. He is the only doctor able to help me despite my very complicated disorders and diseases, ( PTSD,severe; Bipolar 2 atypical; ADHD; Fibromyalgia, severe; Circadian Rhythm Disorder, DSPD;ObsessiveCompulsive; completely tangential; and a life long Asthmatic ) and thoughtfully added appropriate supplements to insure no damage to my liver and kidneys from the medications he carefully chose and adjusted for me in usually low doses due to my complex & sensitive metabolism. When Prozac first became available, he began giving me the average recommended dose of 20 mgs daily, then 10 mgs as it was very agitating to me, then less & less finally arriving at 0.05 mgs liquid ( 1/40th of 20 mgs ) with 10 mgs of the tricyclic anti-depressant imipramine. “Cocktail” medications like mine as they were dubbed helped me somewhat for many years off and on; but it was laughed at and called a placebo for a long time by the medical world. The laughter stopped and in later years the pharmacists and physicians often said to me when I brought in my prescriptions, “ Oh, yes, Dr. Abuzzahab, he is famed as the doctor who first tried combining medications known as “cocktails” for many of the depressed.” In 2009 I recall my arrogantly marching into his office with research papers in my hand to tell him I had discovered I was dopamine deprived! Silly me, he told me with his gentlemanly manners he had known that of me and held up a brochure for me to read of a newly made medication named Vyvanse for children with ADHD that might be of great help to me. It was, much to my astonishment, and for the first time in my memory I had no depression and knew what it felt like to truly experience joy! In very recent year the FDA has conceded that Vyvanse is often very helpful for dopamine deprived adults . His resignation is a great loss to many of us helped by his genius mind and the time spent with each patient as his mind whirred with patient and thoughtful consideration of how he might best help. that with the most become a popular method of but as he told me, only one anti- depressant, Wellbutrin, was developed for people with dopamine deprived depressionfor many years until he finally often had to try each medication over and over, wanting to give up due to side effects of nausea , agitation or somnolence, but with his parting words always in my mind, “ Susan, now listen to me, never ever give up. New things come along all the time and we will find help for you.” We did, and he never gave up on helping me. In the long process
Since seeing Dr. Abuzzahab my life has made so many changes for the better. Not only does he make me smile and remind me of the important things in life, but he is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to think outside the box and do whatever it takes to make sure his patients are in a good place. I don't know what I will ever do if he retires!
Dr. Abuzzahab,Sr. is doubtless the most intelligent doctor (the most intelligent PERSON! ) I have ever met and he is also a compassionate doctor with great intuition. He created a cocktail for me in the mid 1980s of .05 mgs of Prozac and 10mgs of imipramine and it was laughed at: it worked! Now it's a common methodology. He calls me back,he talks to me,he has me on anti-aging supplements. I have developed a disabling pain problem, he wanted to be the doctor treating me as he knows my difficulties, but new rules prohibit him and we must find a Pain Doctor. So far, in my opinion, it's been wrong dosages,wrong meds, wrong treatments and wrong advice, although Dr. Abuzzahab alerts each new doctor to my extreme sensitivities. I have been in the ER 3 times, and receive no instructions but to take nothing until my next appt. It's terrifying as the Pain Monster awaits these moments with glee! Only Dr. Abuzzahab respects me, likes me, & tries to help with advice. Bless him! Susan Kirkham
Abuz is the man! I have never seen a doctor out there as humble as this man. He actually LISTENS to his patients. Most doctors you see, they "hear" what you have to say and then don't ask YOU (the patient) how YOU feel about the possible treatment. Anyways, I cannot recommend him more.
A now former best friend was a patient until her insurance no longer covered, a few months ago. Dr. Faruk S. Abuzzahab. Had her medications down and each one was working for her, she was stabilized. Her insurance no longer allowed coverage to this doctor, after 4 years+ of service! Since then she has been taken Off vital medications, making it impossable to even maintain a friendship. I blame the other dr for adjusting and eliminating some vital meds and wish she could see Dr. Abuzzahab again! I don't even see him and I love the man for what he did for her mental Health! Even the wait could be long for her but he gave her all his attention until she was happy with everything they discussed! Well worth a wait!! Dr. Faruk S. llll
Dr. A has saved my life. He is the best doctor I have ever seen and I have seen a LOT of doctors for my disability. I have seen him at least 10 years and know him very well. He is the most compassionate and caring doctor I have ever seen. Also, he has been practicing for so long that he has "heard it all" and has never said to me, "I do not know". Like I said, he has saved my life, I surely would have taken my life if it were not for him. I live in chronic horrible pain. Please do yourself a favor and get under his care.
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