Thanks...Shoreline, Director, others
Dave, Director and others who provided input,
After getting your input a couple of months or so ago, I followed all of your advice to the "t" in regards to the change over from compounded hydrocodone (40 mg tid) to methadone recently. It all worked out just as you all said. The 30 mg meth switchover was fairly easy; the pain control is much more consistent and I am no longer "clock watching". No need for BT meds and no new side effects, not even drowsiness (I realize it is a relatively low dosage). With the long half life of the meth. I don't have to worry about taking each dose at the exact specified times each day.
Additionally, as recommended, I had my pharmacy use the Roxanne generic instead of the other "junk" provider. Costs for a months supply is about $12 versus $150 for the compounded hydro plus $30 for the BT meds. A great savings there.
It has been about a month on the meth and I only wish I had made the change sooner. I can't thank all of you enough for your wise words of guidance and support. I find the meth is much more effective, and provides consistent pain relief.
It was with your encouragement that I decided to make the change. All this is evidence of how beneficial these boards are; but of course, they would be nothing without the caring and willingness of the members to share their knowledge and experience with others.....WHAT A BLESSING!
Thanks again to Dave, Director and the others who are willing to share their time and expertise.