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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
247
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (238) Acid reflux (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (125) Acid reflux (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
Pain (77) Insomnia (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Pain (81) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (69) Acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Pain (42)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (65) Acid reflux (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Depressed mood (48) Pain (15)
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 (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Central sleep apnea 19 more
Total evaluations
110
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (238) Acid reflux (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Pain 14 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (125) Acid reflux (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Abdominal pain 21 more
Total evaluations
52
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Brain fog 29 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (77) Insomnia (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Itching Nausea 15 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Pain (81) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Sore throat
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (69) Acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 16 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Pain (42)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Abdominal bloating 7 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (65) Acid reflux (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 27 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
Depressed mood (48) Pain (15)
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 311
30s 799
40s 1,352
50s 1,539
60s 937
70+ 285
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 562
20-29 years 718
30-39 years 701
40-49 years 527
50-59 years 239
60-69 years 65
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,246
Not Diagnosed 163

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