What is Kamagra?
Reviewed by our clinical team
Kamagra is sold as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s manufactured in India and often sold online without a prescription. Many men buy Kamagra exported from India because they see it as a cheap alternative to Viagra, Cialis or Levitra.
But no matter what condition or type of treatment we’re talking about, getting prescription-only medicine without a doctor’s prescription carries a lot of potential danger. You should only take prescription medicines—whether for ED or for other conditions—after being advised to do so by a doctor. So although Kamagra may be allegedly very similar to Viagra, buying it is a huge and unnecessary risk.
A quick Google search for ‘Kamagra’ throws up such gems as ‘stiffies in a jiffy’ and ‘rock hard erections’. But apart from a cheeky juvenile giggle, what is Kamagra actually good for? It’s clearly supposed to help treat erectile dysfunction, but is it safe or dodgy, garage chemistry or regulated medicine? Let’s take a look.
Is Kamagra safe?
Kamagra is potentially very dangerous if taken without a prescription. What is perfectly safe and suitable for one person is not necessarily so for someone else. People have different medical conditions, take different treatments and have different lifestyles so you cannot say that a certain medicine is categorically suitable for someone unless they have been assessed by a doctor.
Moreover, if a website or organisation is willing to sell you Kamagra without a prescription, they will likely have no qualms about selling you counterfeit medicines. Buying from unregulated, counterfeit websites carries a massive risk—as you just cannot know what is in the drugs that you are buying.
So as much as it might be tempting to buy Viagra, Kamagra or any other erectile dysfunction treatment from a cheap online source without a prescription, it’s really not worth doing so. The medicine might not be suitable for you and, if it is not from a properly regulated online pharmacy, it could in fact contain anything.
This does not mean that all websites which sell ED medicines are doing so illegally or without a prescription. Indeed, websites such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor offer ED treatments perfectly legally and safely, with the added bonus of being more convenient and discreet than a visit to the GP.
When you order prescription medicine from a legal and accredited website such as ours, you will be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire through which the doctors will assess your suitability for the medicine.
Is Kamagra legal?
No. Not in the UK, at least.
Kamagra is not currently licensed for sale in the UK, and it is therefore illegal to buy or sell it in this country. Remember, it is illegal to buy any prescription-only medicine unless a doctor has written a prescription specifically for you.
What is the difference between Kamagra and Viagra?
Kamagra is said to contain the same active ingredient as Viagra – sildenafil citrate. However, because Kamagra is not legal in the UK you will only be able to obtain it through illegal websites. These sites may very well sell you a counterfeit and potentially dangerous medicine, which in fact bears very little resemblance to Viagra.
What legal alternatives to Kamagra are there?
Kamagra is supposed to contain the same active ingredient as Viagra – sildenafil citrate.
The ED treatment Sildenafil (which is simply the generic (unbranded), and therefore cheaper, version of Viagra) also contains sildenafil citrate, and works in the same way as Viagra.
Other prescription-only erectile dysfunction medicines which are legal in the UK include:
All these ED medicines work in roughly the same way: they relax blood vessels in the penis, making it easier for blood to flow to the penis when aroused.
Can I treat ED without medicine?
Often, yes, but this will depend on the cause of your ED.
Medical causes of ED include high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity, so lifestyle changes and other prescription medicines to help combat these problems may also help with ED. For example, eating healthily, doing regular exercise and stopping smoking can reduce high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity.
ED can also be caused by psychological problems such as stress and anxiety. Counselling can often relieve these problems, and therefore help with ED.
However, with both lifestyle changes and counselling it can often take a long time before any change is seen. Many people use prescription ED medicines like Viagra or Cialis to help in the short term. But remember, these medicines must be both safe and legal, so no sneaky nipping back to those dodgy Kamagra websites.
Legal erectile dysfunction medicines are now much cheaper than they used to be, so there should be less incentive for men to head to illegal and dangerous sites. If you do decide to buy medicines online, make sure you buy from a UK website that’s registered with the Care Quality Commission.