GERD Occurs in a Range of Severities
Finding relief can be frustrating and takes effort and time for many patients, but pharmacists can help.
Heartburn and acid regurgitation are common problems, and almost everyone experiences an episode occasionally after consuming fried foods or alcohol with a hearty meal, or during pregnancy. Some of these symptoms are categorized as functional heartburn or dyspepsia. For some people, acid regurgitation and heartburn become frequent, and they receive a diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In the Western world, about 30% of the population has GERD.1-4 For patients, the condition is annoying, often painful and sleep disturbing, and disruptive to quality of life. For practitioners, GERD is time-consuming. For health care systems, it consumes more than its fair share of resources.5