Folate is one of the members of vitamin B which is found naturally in some of the foods. Folic acid is the artificial counterpart of folate, which is added to processed foods, vitamins or mineral supplements. Folate I essential in the formation of healthy body cells especially red blood cells.
Deplin generic comes as L-methylfolate, levometfolate or methyltetrahydrofolate. They are used to prevent or treat low folic acid levels. Low folate levels usually manifest as different types of anemias and are seen in pregnancy, poor diet, alcoholism, liver disease, stomach/intestinal problems and kidney dialysis. Childbearing women must be given folic acid to prevent infant spinal cord birth defects.
Deplin is also used in people with the major depressive disorder, who are suffering from folate deficiency.
People with schizophrenia, who have hyperhomocysteinemia, a condition in which related amino acid increases due to folate deficiency, are also treated with Deplin to treat the deficiency.
Deplin is not an antipsychotic or an anti-depressant drug, although it might enhance the effects of the latter drugs.
Tablets Deplin 7.5mg and Deplin 15 mg are available at Canada Pharmacy.
Active ingredients (comes in 2 strengths):
- L-Methylfolate 7.5mg
- L-Methylfolate 15mg
Deplin should be taken according to your doctor’s prescription. The usual dose is one tablet daily. Use only the strength that has been prescribed to you. The tablet is swallowed whole with or without food. It should not be broken, chewed or crushed. Take care not to switch brands without consulting your doctor.
Deplin will always be a part of a complete program of treatment which will include other medication also.
To ensure that Deplin is safe for you, you must consult your doctor if you have the following conditions, before starting your treatment.
- Allergy to Deplin
- History of vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anemia
- Bipolar disorder
Deplin is a well-tolerated drug, and usually, no side effects may be experienced with its use. But in some patients, certain side effects may be seen and these include;
- Allergic reaction: hives, difficulty in breathing, Swelling of face, lips, tongue, and throat
- Burning or tingling feeling
- Upset stomach
Product Code: 10252
What is a Generic Drug?
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.