Erectile dysfunction has been a staple target of online pharmaceuticals since the early days of the internet, with endless ads concentrating on the big-hitter Viagra. Other treatments are available, though, working on the same principles. One such treatment that?s picked up some interest is Kamagra. In this piece, we?ll cover what you need to know about it.
What is Kamagra?
Manufactured in India by Ajanta Pharma, Kamagra is an ED treatment that you can buy online without a prescription. That?s one of the three main selling points. The others are that it?s cheaper than the branded Viagra and (somewhat trivially) that you can buy it as oral jellies, effervescent tablets, or chewable tablets. Some people don?t like swallowing regular tablets.
How does Kamagra work?
Real Kamagra ? which is to say the jellies or tablets genuinely produced by Ajanta Pharma, a perfectly respectable company ? works through its active ingredient sildenafil citrate. Used in many forms of ED medication, it serves to block an enzyme that normally slows blood flow to the penis, allowing the user to more easily gain and sustain an erection.
Is Kamagra safe?
Here?s where the issue with Kamagra lies: you don?t know what you?re going to get when you order it. The genuine product as advertised is likely as safe as any other product using its active ingredient, but many people who order it actually receive something that?s ostensibly Kamagra but actually contains some unknown assortment of ingredients.
This is because Kamagra hasn?t been licensed for use in Europe. There are regulatory bodies that ensure the legitimacy of products like Viagra and Cialis, but there?s nothing in place to confirm that a Kamagra order will be what it was described as being. It may contain slightly less of the active ingredient than it should, or much more, or even none at all.
Most worryingly, though, it may have been created with myriad other ingredients that are outright unsafe for consumption. Medicine should only ever be taken when its entire composition is known and confirmed as being safe. Taking medicine of unknown origin can easily lead to illness or even death.
Is Kamagra legal in the UK?
No, Kamagra is certainly not legal in the UK, nor is it legal in Europe in general. Most online shoppers are unaware that buying it is a criminal offence: not one as serious as selling it, of course, but still sufficiently serious to warrant a fine or even a stint in jail if on a large scale.
What are the risks?
There are some risks involved in using ED medication in general, of course. It can lead to headaches, indigestion, nausea, and various other side effects ? and if taken in excessive dosages, it can be quite dangerous. But there are also risks unique to using Kamagra:
You can receive an illegitimate product. The biggest risk is that the product you receive won?t actually do what it?s supposed to do. If you?re lucky, it simply won?t prove effective. If you?re unlucky, it will cause you serious harm.
You can be caught buying it. Buying Kamagra in Europe is illegal since it?s unregulated and potentially unsafe. Though it?s unlikely since the sellers are more worthwhile targets, it?s possible that you could be caught buying it and need to pay a fine.
What is the difference between Kamagra and Viagra?
In principle, these ED treatments aren?t too different. They use the same active ingredient of sildenafil citrate, and serve the same purpose. The difference is that Viagra is a trusted brand subject to full regulation, while Kamagra could contain almost anything due to its lack of regulations. Any use of Kamagra is hugely risky as a result, while Viagra is very safe.
Additionally, the main differences that have typically prompted people to try Kamagra ? namely its relative cheapness and convenience ? have lost much of their power by now. There are non-branded versions of Viagra that are available much more cheaply, and it?s been possible to get effective over-the-counter ED treatment since the launch of Viagra Connect in 2018.
What are the side effects of Kamagra?
When Kamagra is what it purports to be, it has the same side effects as any ED treatment containing sildenafil citrate. It can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, indigestion, flushing, and sometimes blurred vision. In rare cases, it can lead to chest pain, seriously-impacted vision, skin reactions, or even seizures.
But since Kamagra is an unregulated treatment, it could contain almost anything, meaning it?s impossible to say what its side effects might be. The only safe way to approach Kamagra is to avoid it altogether and stick to an effective regulated ED treatment.
The best legal alternatives to Kamagra
Viagra is always a strong choice for someone in need of ED treatment. It?s reliable, trusted, and available everywhere. Generic Sildenafil is the same thing but cheaper, so you should always buy the generic form unless you think the branding is worth the additional expense. One tablet can provide erectile support for up to 5 hours.
Cialis (or its generic form Tadalafil) is another popular choice. It functions in the same way as Sildenafil, but it lasts much longer, making it a better choice if you?re planning a weekend. One tablet of Cialis can provide erectile support for up to 36 hours, making it much more useful if you need extended help.
Spedra lasts for the same amount of time as Viagra and Sildenafil, but it?s known for taking effect extremely quickly (within 20 minutes for most users). If you want to be open to spontaneous sexual encounters, carrying Spedra is your best option.
Lastly, there?s Levitra (and its generic form Vardenafil). It can take effect within 30 minutes and provides support for up to 10 hours, making it a good middle-ground solution. Additionally, it?s known to be more effective than the alternatives for men over 50 and men with health conditions that make other ED treatments non-viable (diabetes, for instance).
This set isn?t exhaustive (there are other treatments out there, including topical applications), but it?s more than sufficient for most ED sufferers. Whatever you do, though, don?t use Kamagra. However cheap it may be, the risks involved with buying it and using it are simply too great.
Does Kamagra work for women?
In ideal circumstances, with Kamagra containing exactly what it?s supposed to contain, it still isn?t suitable for use by women. There are some who claim that the active ingredient sildenafil citrate (also used in Viagra and Sildenafil) will work somewhat to address sexual dysfunction in women, but this hasn?t been sufficiently demonstrated, which is why male ED treatments aren?t prescribed for women within Europe.