Q: Which Patients with Depression are Candidate for L-Methylfolate Treatment?
1. Low levels of folate and its active metabolites such as L-methylfolate.
- Documented low levels of MTHFR (methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase). Note:- RBC folate level preferred.
- Documented high homocysteine levels (inverse relation with folate levels)
2. Poor or Inadequate response to antidepressants.
3. High risk populations:
(c) Eating disorders
(d) Gastrointestinal disorders
(e) Hispanic and Mediterranean populations: decreased levels of MTHFR (methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase)
(f) Patients with C677-T polymorphism: decreased levels of MTHFR (methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase)
4. Medications that can interfere with the conversion of folate to L-methylfolate:
- Oral contraceptives
- Certain retinoids.
1. Stephen M. Stahl. L-methylfolate: A vitamin for your monoamines. J Clin Psychiatry 69:9, September 2008.
2. L-methylfolate: Another weapon against depression Current Psychiatry. 2012 January;11(1):72-72.
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