Reflux, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a chronic digestive disorder where stomach acid or bile flows back into the esophagus.
This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of the esophagus, causing discomfort and potential complications.
Around 11.6% adult Australians suffer from GERD.
Causes and risk factors for GERD include:
Symptoms of GERD include:
In Australia and around the world:
GERD affects about 20% of the adult population globally.
In Australia, it's estimated that around 11.6% of adults suffer from GERD.
De-prescribing in GERD often involves reducing or stopping medications while emphasizing lifestyle and dietary changes.
GERD is a manageable condition with both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches. De-prescribing programs for GERD can be successful with careful planning, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing medical oversight.