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What is the basic treatment for pseudogout, and what medications are prescribed for it?

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Psuedogout, also referred to as calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, or CPDD, is a form of arthritis caused by crystal deposits in joints. The American College of Rheumatology states there is no cure, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, are used to treat symptoms. Corticosteroids or colchicine may also be prescribed.

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CPDD is referred to as psuedogout because it is similar to gout in that both conditions are caused by crystal deposits that form in joints, although the type of crystals differ, according to Mayo Clinic. CPDD most commonly affects the knees but can also affect wrists, elbows, shoulders or other joints.

Mayo Clinic and the American College of Rheumatology tout NSAIDS as the best way to reduce pain and inflammation caused by CPDD. Reduced inflammation also helps improve joint function. Additional or alternative treatments include oral or injected corticosteriods to stop the attack, or, colchicine, a gout medicine. For those who have frequent problems with CPDD, doctors may suggest taking colchicine proactively as a preventative measure.

Some patients may respond to or require other medications for severe attacks or chronic inflammation caused by the crystals. These medications include hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, or anakinra. In some doctors may drain the joint fluid with a needle, according to Mayo Clinic, and in severe cases surgery to replace the joint may be required.

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