The Wall Street Journal Health Blog is reporting that a shortage of generic metoprolol succinate is causing trouble for some patients. Following an FDA warning last year, Sandoz recalled 6 millions bottles of the generic drug. Then, earlier, this month, KV Pharmaceutical stopped making its version of the drug. Some insurers won’t reimburse for AstraZeneca’s brand name Toprol XL and some patients are being switched to metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor).

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  1. I was prescribed metoprolol succinate for my racing heart, chest pains after eating ANYTHING. They helped tremendously. Now that they switched me 2 the tartrate, becuz of the shortage, I’m back to the way I was… racing heart, cant breathe, etc. !! ahhhh

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