Gastroesophageal reflux disease

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as co-founder Jamie Heywood explains in this video.

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.
Last updated:

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
267
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (258) acid reflux (52)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
141
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (132) acid reflux (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
Pain (82) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (76) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (77)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (67) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
depressed mood (52) Pain (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (56) acid reflux (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (55) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
1 more

Data from patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:

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 (107 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems central sleep apnea 20 more
Total evaluations
122
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (258) acid reflux (52)
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 (132) acid reflux (21)
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
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 29 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
Pain (82) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (39 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea sore throat
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (76) acid reflux (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Pain (77)
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 (67) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 59 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
depressed mood (52) Pain (14)
1 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 (56) acid reflux (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 12 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
anxious mood (55) gastroesophageal reflux disease (1)
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.
Last updated:

Who has gastroesophageal reflux disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 38
20s 325
30s 846
40s 1,419
50s 1,608
60s 977
70+ 305
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 574
20-29 years 729
30-39 years 707
40-49 years 531
50-59 years 242
60-69 years 65
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,280
Not Diagnosed 164

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