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Chronic pain from neck, shoulder injuries, ADHD. Was on narcotics, amphetamine. Help?

I am an 43 yr old with chronic pain from neck and shoulder injuries. I have taken narcotics (by prescription) for pain for a long time. I am addicted. I am no longer taking narcotics. BUT I am thinking about seeking a masters degree in education, and I know I suffer from some flavor of ADHD. are there any non amphetamine or on-addictive drugs to help attention deficit sufferers?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Welcome to HCM

You are taking on prescription pain killers for pain in neck. You are having symptoms of ADHD and you want to avoid the inattention and hyperactivity. You don't want to take amphetamine or any addicting drug. There are a lot of other drugs for problems of inattention. Atomoxetine is one of them. It is a non addicting and non stimulating medicine and is very useful in ADHD. Apart from this Modafinil can be tried to improve focus and to get rid of problem of inattention. Before starting any drug please visit a good Psychiatrist.

Dr.Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ashish Mittal's  Response
welcome to Healthcare Magic.

As you have history of addiction then stimulant like amphetamine is not good option for treatment of ADHD in your case. In your case there is need to confirm ADHD diagnosis in your case.

In your case inattention may be due to:
-Addiction and substance withdrawal also associated with inattention and cognitive deficits.
-Vitamin deficiency
-Substance induced anxiety and depression

Non addictive drug which help in ADHD: Atomoxetine and Bupropion.

Wish you all the best.

Dr Ashish Kumar Mittal
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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