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
118
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (118) heartburn (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
anxious mood (34) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
depressed mood (26) pain (8)
2 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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
bone loss diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (118) heartburn (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ranitidine OTC)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (46 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating diarrhea 3 more
Total evaluations
49
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (28 evaluations)
Side effects
bacterial overgrowth syndrome diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 14 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (27 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 19 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fatigue
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (34) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal pain 40 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (26) pain (8)
2 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?

  • 9 new patients joined this month
  • 869 say GERD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 33
20s 327
30s 905
40s 1501
50s 1943
60s 1401
70+ 526
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 636
20-29 years 796
30-39 years 765
40-49 years 573
50-59 years 275
60-69 years 79
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1225
Female 5440

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3848
Not Diagnosed 173

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