Does Deplin Have a Generic?

Deplin® is a prescription vitamin used to help improve the effectiveness of antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. It contains L-methylfolate, the active form of folic acid. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Deplin a "medical food," rather than a prescription medication. Medical foods are used to provide nutritional supplementation for medical conditions that have specific nutritional needs. But does Deplin have a generic?
 
Technically, there are no brand-name or generic versions of medical foods, including Deplin, because these supplements do not need to be approved by the FDA.
 
Although there are no generic versions of Deplin available, there are other supplements that contain L-methylfolate, the active form of folic acid.
 
(Click Generic Deplin for more information on why Deplin does not have a generic version available. This article also explains why this vitamin does not require FDA approval, even though it is a prescription product.)
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