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. This may cause symptoms such as a burning sensation in the chest or throat or a bad/acidic taste in the mouth.

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
202
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (199) heartburn (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
pain (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
anxious mood (61)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
depressed mood (48) pain (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)

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 (82 evaluations)
Side effects
bone loss central sleep apnea 10 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (199) heartburn (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (61 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 7 more
Total evaluations
64
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (39 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea bacterial overgrowth syndrome 4 more
Total evaluations
39
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (52 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 23 more
Total evaluations
52
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 40 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (61)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 58 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (48) pain (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (34 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fatigue
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 4 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (46)
  • 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 38
20s 332
30s 919
40s 1517
50s 1824
60s 1212
70+ 422
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 621
20-29 years 783
30-39 years 744
40-49 years 561
50-59 years 256
60-69 years 74
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1127
Female 5148

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3745
Not Diagnosed 172

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