A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Deplin is a prescription medical food that is used to increase folate levels in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or hyperhomocysteinemia in patients with schizophrenia. Deplin is the brand name for folate, which is usually made in the body but can be deficient in some conditions.
Folate is responsible for helping to create DNA, RNA, and other essential molecules in the body. Deplin replaces folate that cannot be absorbed from the diet alone.
For depression, the usual dose is one Deplin 15 mg capsule or one to two 7.5 mg capsules once daily in addition to standard antidepressant therapy.
For schizophrenia, the dosage is also 7.5-15 mg by mouth once daily.
Only use Deplin under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare professional. Deplin is a medical food that should only be used by people who cannot obtain the nutrient with normal diet modifications.
Store Deplin at room temperature, protected from heat, light, and moisture.
The active ingredient in Deplin generic is L-methylfolate.
Deplin can interact with many other substances, including:
Deplin is not interchangeable with folic acid supplementation.
Do not take this medication if you have a known hypersensitivity to Deplin or any of the inactive ingredients.
No significant Deplin side effects have been reported with Deplin except for allergic (hypersensitive reactions).
Deplin [package insert]. Covington, LA: Pamlab; 2009.