Do you have acid reflux, or the more severe form known as gastroesophageal reflux
disease? (GERD) This is one of the most common digestive conditions treated by
gastroenterologists and primary care doctors. Typical symptoms include heartburn,
regurgitation, and throat pain, while less common symptoms may include coughing,
chest pain, and wheezing. The prevalence of GERD varies strongly between continents;
in North America, the prevalence is highest and is estimated to affect up to 28% of
The most commonly prescribed drugs for GERD are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs currently available on prescription in the USA are: dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), and rabeprazole (Aciphex).
These drugs suppress stomach acid secretion. They can be effective in reducing GERD but they are not recommended for long term use. The most common side effects are headache, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.