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

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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
221
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (207) acid reflux (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
129
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (121) acid reflux (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (88) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
pain (81) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (76) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (58) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (55) acid reflux (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
depressed mood (49) pain (12)
2 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 (78 evaluations)
Side effects
central sleep apnea diarrhea 10 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (207) acid reflux (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (47 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea pain 13 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (121) acid reflux (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux abdominal bloating 22 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (88) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
pain (81) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (36 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea excessive sinus drainage 1 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (76) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea itching 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (32 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (58) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 13 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (38 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic diarrhea constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (55) acid reflux (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 57 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
depressed mood (49) pain (12)
2 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 38
20s 334
30s 877
40s 1,448
50s 1,734
60s 1,114
70+ 356
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 597
20-29 years 760
30-39 years 724
40-49 years 546
50-59 years 250
60-69 years 68
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,035
Female 4,884

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,617
Not Diagnosed 169

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