We’re inviting teens between the ages of 12-17 years old to take part in a study for adolescents who suffer from GERD to evaluate the effect of the investigational drug on treating the symptoms associated with GERD. All study related visits, care, and study drug will be provided at no cost. In addition, compensation for study related travel may be provided. Health insurance is not required to participate.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which acid from the stomach regurgitates or brings up the stomach contents into the esophagus (tube that connects the throat and stomach) or back of the throat. GERD encompasses other terms that people use to describe their symptoms, such as acid reflux or heartburn.
It is estimated that around 25% of North Americans and Europeans have GERD. Risk factors for developing acid reflux include obesity, pregnancy, the consumptions of certain foods or beverages, eating late at night, use of certain medications, and smoking.
Symptoms of GERD can interfere with everyday life. These may include:
Burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and worsens when lying down
Belching or nausea
Acid reflux or Regurgitation (which is a sensation of liquid or food coming back up into your throat (without vomiting))
Discomfort in the upper abdomen
Couching after eating
Bitter taste or excess of salvia
Participants may be eligible to take part in the GERD studies if they:
Are between the ages of 12-17
Have been diagnosed with GERD by a doctor, OR Experience symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn after eating, have been experiencing symptoms of GERD for at least 3 months.