Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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What is gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux disease is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates and refluxes into the esophagus.

Common symptoms reported by people with gastroesophageal reflux disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with gastroesophageal reflux disease

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Prilosec)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
261
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (247) acid reflux (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
145
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (136) acid reflux (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (97) acid reflux (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
pain (83) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (79) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
pain (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (72) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
depressed mood (56) pain (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
anxious mood (62) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (59) acid reflux (8)
1 more

Data from patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with gastroesophageal reflux disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Prilosec)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (94 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness central sleep apnea 18 more
Total evaluations
108
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (247) acid reflux (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (50 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea pain 13 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (136) acid reflux (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux abdominal bloating 21 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (97) acid reflux (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 32 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
pain (83) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (39 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea excessive sinus drainage 1 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (79) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea itching 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 6 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (72) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 56 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
depressed mood (56) pain (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 13 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (62) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (41 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic diarrhea constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (59) acid reflux (8)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has gastroesophageal reflux disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 41
20s 328
30s 882
40s 1,441
50s 1,696
60s 1,078
70+ 340
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 592
20-29 years 750
30-39 years 720
40-49 years 544
50-59 years 250
60-69 years 68
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,018
Female 4,801

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,575
Not Diagnosed 168

These charts show data from GERD patients who have completed their condition history
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