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
266
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (257) acid reflux (53)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
144
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (135) acid reflux (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (101) acid reflux (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
pain (79) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (73) acid reflux (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
pain (78)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (66) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
anxious mood (60) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
depressed mood (52) pain (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (58) acid reflux (7)
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 (106 evaluations)
Side effects
central sleep apnea depressed mood 19 more
Total evaluations
121
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (257) acid reflux (53)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (49 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea pain 14 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (135) acid reflux (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 21 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (101) acid reflux (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 27 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
pain (79) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (37 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea sore throat
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (73) acid reflux (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (78)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (34 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 6 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (66) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 12 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
anxious mood (60) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 59 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
depressed mood (52) pain (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (40 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic diarrhea constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (58) acid reflux (7)
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 39
20s 323
30s 865
40s 1,430
50s 1,644
60s 998
70+ 310
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 577
20-29 years 732
30-39 years 710
40-49 years 535
50-59 years 245
60-69 years 65
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,296
Not Diagnosed 165

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