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
150
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (149) heartburn (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
pain (53) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37

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 (64 evaluations)
Side effects
bone loss diarrhea 6 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (149) heartburn (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (53 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (29 evaluations)
Side effects
bacterial overgrowth syndrome diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (39 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 23 more
Total evaluations
39
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (53) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 6 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal pain 46 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (9)
2 more
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 34
20s 332
30s 922
40s 1510
50s 1922
60s 1364
70+ 498
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 633
20-29 years 791
30-39 years 761
40-49 years 573
50-59 years 274
60-69 years 78
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1208
Female 5402

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3828
Not Diagnosed 173

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