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
165
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (163) heartburn (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
pain (60) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
pain (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
anxious mood (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40

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 (67 evaluations)
Side effects
bone loss central sleep apnea 10 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (163) heartburn (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (50 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 4 more
Total evaluations
53
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (30 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea bacterial overgrowth syndrome 4 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (44 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 23 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (60) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (58)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
anxious mood (49)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal pain 48 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 6 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (42)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fatigue
Total evaluations
22
  • 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 36
20s 340
30s 909
40s 1514
50s 1837
60s 1236
70+ 450
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 624
20-29 years 779
30-39 years 744
40-49 years 560
50-59 years 261
60-69 years 72
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1156
Female 5184

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3744
Not Diagnosed 172

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