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
248
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (240) Acid reflux (50)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
131
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (123) Acid reflux (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Pain (73) Insomnia (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (71) Acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Pain (78) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (41)
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 (47) Pain (16)

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 (98 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Diarrhea 17 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (240) Acid reflux (50)
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 (123) 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 (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Brain fog 27 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (73) Insomnia (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Sore throat
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (71) Acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Itching Nausea 15 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (78) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 18 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (41)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Abdominal bloating 7 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (65) Acid reflux (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sedation 15 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 22 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
Depressed mood (47) Pain (16)
  • 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 37
20s 313
30s 790
40s 1,333
50s 1,517
60s 900
70+ 272
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 559
20-29 years 715
30-39 years 698
40-49 years 521
50-59 years 233
60-69 years 62
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,214
Not Diagnosed 162

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