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, 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
215
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (201) acid reflux (46)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (117) acid reflux (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (87) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
pain (80) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (78) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
pain (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (60) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
anxious mood (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
depressed mood (46) pain (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (51) acid reflux (5)
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 (77 evaluations)
Side effects
bone loss central sleep apnea 10 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (201) acid reflux (46)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Protonix)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (46 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea pain 14 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (117) acid reflux (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nexium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux abdominal bloating 22 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (87) acid reflux (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 30 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
pain (80) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (37 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea excessive sinus drainage 1 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (78) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (33 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (60) acid reflux (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
anxious mood (59)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 57 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (46) pain (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexilant)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroesophageal reflux disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic diarrhea constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
gastroesophageal reflux disease (51) acid reflux (5)
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 35
20s 342
30s 896
40s 1467
50s 1767
60s 1152
70+ 377
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 607
20-29 years 770
30-39 years 734
40-49 years 551
50-59 years 254
60-69 years 73
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1065
Female 4987

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3682
Not Diagnosed 171

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