Information about GERD Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment options, and GERD Medication
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Home is a site dedicated to providing practical, useful, and up to date information for patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its related conditions. According to Geneva Workshop, Belgium, the term GERD should be used for individuals exposed to the risk of physical complications of reflux or in whom reflux causes significant impairment of health related well-being or Quality of Life (QoL), after adequate reassurance of the benign nature of their symptoms. Cohort studies demonstrate that symptoms of GERD occur monthly in almost 50% of U.S. adults and weekly in almost 20%.

GERD symptoms are among the most common complaints encountered by the generalist physician. They include: Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Hiatus Hernia, Indigestion, Barrett's Esophagus, Sleep apnea, Chronic Cough, Asthma, Laryngitis, Chronic Sore Throat, Hoarseness, Aspiration, Regurgitation, Chest Pain of non-cardiac origin, Difficulty Swallowing, Blood loss anemia, and Esophageal Cancer.

Patients looking for medical information about GERD can find out about signs and symptoms, self help (dietary advice, life style modifications, over-the-counter medications), treatment options, endoscopic and surgical treatments, GERD during pregnancy, GERD in elderly, GERD in infants and children, etc. by clicking on the "Patients" button.  In addition, responses to frequently asked questions by patients have been compiled and presented under the "FAQ" button.

Primary Care Doctors and Gastroenterologists shall find this site very helpful and informative as we have provided the latest practical information on indications for endoscopy, improving GERD diagnosis by endoscopy, biopsy and pathology, special circumstances like pregnancy, GERD in the elderly, GERD and H. Pylori, GERD and ENT symptoms, GERD and asthma, chronic cough and aspiration, Barrett's esophagus, Barrett’s surveillance endoscopy schedules, GERD and Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and the latest on medical and surgical treatment.

The goals of GERD management are:

  • Symptom control
  • Promote mucosal healing (pH>4)
  • Prevent complications and symptom relapse
  • Improve patients’ health-related quality of life
  • 80% of GERD patients on a PPI show measurable improvement in QoL
  • Less than 50% of all heartburn sufferers are totally satisfied with their current medication
Under the "Physicians" button a self-assessment test on GERD related topics are also included. We have also provided a link button to a few selected sites.

Due to popular demand we have added a new section dealing with GERD in infants and children. Related information can be accessed by clicking on either the patients or the physicians buttons accordingly.

Since our site is updated frequently, we would welcome your suggestions on improvements, or inclusion of related content.  Please direct any communications to

This site is authored by a practicing gastroenterologist and lecturer on medicine at Harvard Medical School, M. Farivar, M.D.






         This is an educational site created by M. Farivar, M.D. The information provided is the author's opinion based on years of clinical experience and research.  You are advised to consult your own physician about the applicability of this information to your particular needs.  Also, keep in mind that symptom response to therapy does not preclude the presence of more serious conditions. 

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