Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Posted March 5, 2016

Published in Health

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Overview and Treatment Options

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has become increasingly common amongst Western cultures. This chronic disease is now estimated to affect up to 27.8% of North America and 25.9% of Europe.

With 1 out of every 4 people suffering from this condition, it is not surprising that direct and indirect healthcare costs associated with GERD in the United States has reached $15-$20 billion annually. Approximately half of this, $10 billion, is spent on medications to treat this condition each year. As you can see, those infamous purple pills aren't cheap.

I will cover the basics on GERD in this article, including an overview of the disease, potential treatment options, and side effects related to treatment. I'll also cover what you can do in the form of diet and lifestyle changes in order to prevent or treat GERD.

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