Does Kamagra Oral Jelly Work for Issues in the Bedroom?


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The internet is full of ED treatments — including Kamagra Oral Jelly, an ED medication produced in India. 

Kamagra is sold both as a tablet and in the form of a flavored oral jelly, often marketed as a cheap alternative to drugs like Viagra. You’re probably here because you’re wondering whether or not it’s as effective as Viagra. 

Well, you’re in the right place.

While Kamagra can seem like a good alternative, it falls short of medications like Viagra due to a lack of safe production controls and other rigors. And all of that, of course, is secondary to the fact that it’s illegal in the United States. 

So, what’s the deal? Is it dangerous? What should you use instead? Read on for the nuances of this candied ED treatment.

What is Kamagra Oral Jelly?

Kamagra Oral Jelly is a common medication used to treat ED. It comes in single-use packs of (yes really) flavored oral jelly. Unlike most ED medications, which come in tablet form, Kamagra can be eaten like a Jell-O shot. 

And yes, they have several different flavored Kamagra Oral Jelly packs available, including orange, vanilla and chocolate. 

This jelly isn’t for kids, however. Kamagra contains sildenafil — the same active ingredient in Viagra. Because of this, Kamagra is usually marketed as a cheaper alternative to drugs like Viagra and Cialis (which contains a similar medication, tadalafil). 

The Difference Between Kamagra and Viagra

While Viagra and Kamagra share the same active ingredient and are marketed to be taken for the same purposes, they differ in three key ways: first, Viagra is the only one approved by the FDA. Second, Viagra is generally known to cause fewer and more predictable side effects. And third, Kamagra carries additional risks of complication.

Why does the same ingredient create two different experiences? It has to do with how safely that main ingredient is being prepared.

Sildenafil is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, or PDE5 inhibitor. Although Kamagra Oral Jelly (sildenafil citrate) uses the same main ingredient as Viagra, it does so without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Kamagra is not produced under the same rigorous safety standards, which increases your risk of overdose and other side effects associated with sildenafil.

Does Kamagra Oral Jelly Work for ED?

Numerous studies, as well as several large-scale reviews, have concluded that sildenafil citrate is one of the most effective treatments available for ED. But Kamagra itself? That’s a different conversation.

There’s relatively little research on Kamagra oral jelly, specifically.

Like all other ED medications in its class, sildenafil inhibits enzymes that affect the muscles managing blood flow to the tissues of your genitals. This allows the muscles to stay relaxed, making it easier for you to get and keep a hard on when you’re aroused. It’s also sometimes used as a treatment in an off-label capacity.

But an FDA-approved and dosed medication is very much unlike the “ED candy” that Kamagra oral jelly is marketing, for a number of reasons.

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The Risks of Kamagra Oral Jelly

Kamagra comes in a convenient form that’s easy to use, doesn’t cost a fortune and works the same way as other medications that contain sildenafil. So why aren’t you reading quote after quote of medical advice talking about using it?

In a nutshell: it’s less safe, carries a higher risk of side effects and might contain unlisted ingredients. 

In other words, “Kamagra 100mg Oral Jelly” might actually be “Kamagra 100mg plus some other stuff you didn’t know about” or possibly worse, “Kamagra 100mg with way more sildenafil than is safe to take.”

The fact is, you’ll never know what you’re getting — at least, not as consistently as you’ll know what you’re getting from an actually FDA-approved (and FDA-regulated) medication like Viagra. 

There are several reasons to avoid this sildenafil oral jelly, but that’s the biggest one. 

And there’s more.

It’s Illegal to Sell Prescription Meds Without a Prescription

As we mentioned above, Kamagra is illegal to sell in the United States. You won’t find it from any trustworthy, US-based suppliers like your local pharmacy or favorite telemedicine website.

The only way to get Kamagra — in the U.S., at least — is to buy it either online or locally from an unlicensed provider who’s offering it illegally without a prescription.

You Could Experience Side Effects Due to a Lack of Supervision

Even if you get your hands on contraband Kamagra, buying prescription medication without a prescription can be a very risky process. 

Prescription medications like sildenafil need to be used at the right dosage to produce the intended effects. If you inadvertently take too much, you may be more likely to experience side effects from sildenafil like priapism or blurred vision. 

Remember, the same medication that alters flow to the blood vessels in your genitials can also affect your blood pressure. Specifically, it can lead to sudden drops in blood pressure when combined with other medications that could potentially be fatal, so you really want whoever is measuring your doses to be good at it.

And, of course, if you take too little sildenafil, it might not help treat your ED symptoms at all.

Sildenafil Comes With Possible Drug Interactions

One of the reasons you want a doctor to hand you this prescription, meanwhile, is that they’re trained and qualified to spot potential bad interactions with any other drug you’re taking. 

PDE5 inhibitors like the sildenafil in Kamagra can interact with certain medications, including nitrates and alpha blockers — and the resulting chemical mix can cause life-threatening symptoms.

When you receive prescription medication from a licensed healthcare provider, you’ll talk about these interactions and side effects together and take steps to avoid any potentially hazardous ones. When you order unlicensed medication online, this step doesn’t occur. 

Counterfeiting Dangers

People make counterfeit drugs, and they make a lot of money doing it. And those counterfeits are often a mystery box of ingredients.

Unlicensed ED medications sold online (like Kamagra) are some of the most frequently counterfeited in the world. Research published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice shows that as much as 90 percent of medication sold online may be counterfeit. 

In one analysis, researchers found that barely 10 percent of sampled PDE5 inhibitor medications bought online were within 10 percent of the dosage listed on the medication’s label. This means that when you buy medication that could be counterfeited, there’s a serious risk it will contain much less or much more of the active ingredient than it should.

A Lack of Oversight and Unclean Production Facilities

To save money, many counterfeit drug manufacturers use low-quality, potentially dangerous ingredients in their medications.

Counterfeit medications are often riddled with issues, from contaminants to dosages that simply don’t match the information provided on the medication’s label. 

According to the research mentioned above, several ED drugs purchased online revealed contaminants such as commercial paint and printer ink. 

Read that again. Commercial paint and printer ink.

These medications aren’t worth the risk. And in the big picture, even transactions with these pharmacies aren’t safe.

When you order medication like Kamagra online from an unlicensed pharmacy, there’s a real risk that your financial information could be misused.

Many illicit online pharmacies take a lax approach to credit card security. Since many are based overseas, they generally don’t comply with U.S. laws designed to keep your financial information private and protect you from things like credit card fraud. 

Worse yet, some online pharmacies are outright frauds themselves. The AARP, an organization for retired people, warns its members that many illicit pharmacies are tied to international crime networks that steal money and use personal information for identity theft.

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Safe Alternatives to Kamagra Jelly: What to Use Instead

Kamagra gel products are bad for consumers like you — at least according to the FDA.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have options to treat your ED symptoms. 

In fact, you have several, including FDA-approved, science-backed ED medications and things like psychotherapy, vacuum constriction devices and more. 

Let’s look at them in more detail.

ED Medications

When ED medications like Viagra and Cialis first appeared on the market in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they were far from affordable because they were under patent protection. 

Today, the situation is completely different. The patents on most ED medications have expired, meaning that affordable, high-quality generic versions are now readily available in the US, including:

  • Sildenafil is a short-acting ED medication that lasts for approximately four hours and needs to be taken at least 30 minutes to one hour before you perform.

  • Tadalafil is a longer-acting ED medication that lasts for up to 36 hours, earning it a reputation as the “weekend” treatment of ED.

  • Levitra (vardenafil) works similarly to sildenafil but requires a smaller dose.

Stendra, a newer medication that contains the active ingredient avanafil, can also treat ED and improve your performance, but only the brand name version is currently available.  

You’ll likely get far better results from these medications than you would from an unlicensed drug like Kamagra Oral Jelly. This full guide to the most common ED treatments provides more information about how these medications work, their dosages, side effects and more. 

And though you may think getting a prescription seems difficult, accessing ED medication is easy. 

You can even find generic sildenafil and tadalafil online with Hims, following a consultation with a licensed healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate.

Other Treatments for ED

In addition to PDE5 inhibitors, several other methods are used to treat ED and other performance issues. 

In brief, they include: 

  • Psychotherapy. Many causes of ED are psychological, meaning they’re linked to issues such as depression, anxiety or severe stress. In these cases, your healthcare provider may suggest counseling.

  • Other medications. If PDE5 inhibitors aren’t effective at improving your performance, your healthcare provider may recommend alprostadil or other types of medication.

  • Vacuum constriction devices (VCDs). These devices work by pulling blood into your genitals. You may need to wear an elastic ring to sustain your performance.

Kamagra Oral Jelly: Making Your Decision

Kamagra Oral Jelly is an increasingly popular “alternative” to Viagra. Yes, it’s been around for decades and has been relentlessly promoted through spam emails and other forms of online marketing. 

But it’s not something you should use. 

Hopefully, we’ve talked you out of sending your credit card info out into the dangerous world unprotected. But, in case we haven’t, here’s what you need to remember:

  • While the sildenafil used in Kamagra is backed up by research, it’s not wise to use Kamagra and other unlicensed medications to treat ED.

  • Not only are these medications potentially unsafe, they’re often sold by vendors that engage in less-than-ethical activities when it comes to billing and customer privacy.

  • There are several affordable, FDA-approved medications you should consider instead if you’re one of the tens of millions of American men affected by ED. 

  • If you want to treat ED but prefer to avoid the price tag of brand name Viagra, you’ll get the best results by buying generic ED medication from a reputable telehealth provider. 

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Weight Loss Medications: Are They Actually Effective?

Weight Loss Medications: Are They Actually Effective?

It’s common knowledge that managing your weight keeps you healthy now and as you get older. In fact, obesity contributes to several health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Not only was the prevalence of obesity in U.S. adults nearly 42 percent in 2017, but the estimated medical costs for adults with obesity were almost $2,000 more each year than for adults who do not have obesity .

Those who have a body mass index (BMI, or the measurement of fat based on height and weight) between 25 and 30 are considered overweight, while those with a BMI over 30 are considered to have obesity.

You’ve probably heard of a few weight loss medications, or at least their brand names, like Ozempic® and Wegovy®. However, there are several other prescription drugs available that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and frequently prescribed off-label for weight loss.

Healthcare providers may prescribe these medications to someone who has obesity or is overweight with a weight-related health problem like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.


You’re probably familiar with one of semaglutide’s brand names, Ozempic — other brand names for this drug include Wegovy and Rybelsus®.

Ozempic is approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes and may be prescribed off-label for weight loss, in combination with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise or with other diabetes medications like insulin or metformin.

Wegovy, meanwhile, is a prescription medication approved for use for weight loss in people who have obesity or who are overweight.

Ozempic and Wegovy are in a class of medication called GLP-1 receptor agonists, which mimic the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 and target areas of the brain that regulate appetite.

Ozempic was approved by the FDA in 2017, while Wegovy was granted approval to pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk more recently, in 2021.


Although only approved by the FDA to treat diabetes, metformin is often used off-label for weight loss, as well as gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

It isn’t exactly clear how metformin helps people lose weight, but researchers think the drug works as an appetite suppressant. Similarly to Ozempic, metformin may increase how much GLP-1 hormone your body makes. This can send a signal to your brain that you’re full, which means you eat fewer calories.

Read our blog to learn about Ozempic vs. Metformin for weight loss.

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If you’ve dealt with depression or looked into medication to quit smoking, bupropion may sound familiar to you.

For weight loss, it can be combined with the drug naltrexone, which is used to treat alcohol and drug dependence, to curb your hunger or make you feel fuller sooner. Together, these medications work on two areas of the brain, the hunger center and the reward system, to reduce appetite and help control cravings.

Along with a reduced calorie diet and exercise plan, naltrexone-bupropion can also help keep excess weight off.


Phentermine-topiramate is actually two separate medications that are combined in Qsymia, but are offered separately in other applications. 

While phentermine is considered an anorectic and topiramate is an anticonvulsant, both help with appetite suppression.

Topiramate offers the added benefit of helping you feel fuller longer after you eat.

When used specifically with a healthy exercise regimen and a reduced calorie diet, these medications — either together or separately — have been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off.


Orlistat, which belongs to a class of medications known as lipase inhibitors, reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food you eat.

Orlistat is used for weight loss in conjunction with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet, as well as after weight loss to help people keep from gaining back that weight.

While the brand name Xenical requires a prescription, another brand called Alli is available in a lower dosage without one.


Like Ozempic and Wegovy, liraglutide is an injected weight loss medication. It works as a GLP-1 receptor agonist to suppress appetite, similarly to semaglutide.

Also available under the brand name Victoza at a lower dose, this drug is FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes.

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These weight loss drugs are all available with a prescription from a healthcare professional, but how effective are they really?

  • One study found that when people without diabetes took a weekly semaglutide injection they had a higher average weight loss — almost a 15 percent average decrease in weight — than people who took a placebo.

  • Metformin has also demonstrated clinically significant weight loss. A 2020 meta-analysis of 21 trials testing metformin found the drug had a modest impact on lowering BMI, especially for those who are considered to have obesity.

  • smaller study on metformin also found that the average amount of weight lost in 154 patients was between 5.6 and 7 kgs (that’s roughly between 13 and 15 pounds).

It’s also worth mentioning cost here — if you can’t afford the drug you need to take, it’s effectiveness essentially drops to zero percent. That said, there’s some wide price disparity between weight loss drugs. 

For instance, injectibals like Ozempic and Wegovy are generally more expensive than orals like metformin — namely because metformin is a generic medication that’s been around for decades, and Ozempic and Wegovy are newer. 

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Because everyone’s weight loss journey is different, weight loss medications may work slowly for some people and faster for others.

How long you need to take a weight loss prescription drug depends on various factors such as what side effects you experience, how much weight you need to lose, whether the drug helps keep the weight off and more.

Generally, as found in the studies noted above and clinical trials, weight loss will occur within the first few months of using the medication.

Sometimes your health care professional may recommend long-term use of the medication, while other people may be advised to stop the drug if they don’t lose a certain amount of weight after 12 weeks.

If you’re taking a weight loss medication, your healthcare provider will likely suggest that you also increase your physical activity and make healthy lifestyle changes like eating lots of protein and fiber and getting enough sleep. These medications are the most effective when combined with healthy habits.

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Just like any medication, weight loss drugs also come with the possibility of side effects.

When it comes to injectibal drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, there are some broad side effects that apply to all injectibals — like swelling, redness or other discomfort at the injection site — but generally, the side effects profiles of these drugs are similar regardless of delivery method.

The most common side effects of many of these weight loss medications include:

  • Stomach pain or constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

Some, like liraglutide and naltrexone-bupropion, may cause an increased heart rate or headaches.

Liraglutide and semaglutide may also increase the risk of pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas). You may also have a higher risk of developing tumors or thyroid cancer when using liraglutide or semaglutide, although these serious side effects are very rare.


There’s a good chance you’ve heard of weight loss medications like Ozempic or even Wegovy, but there’s also a good chance that the headlines and celebrity-focused articles didn’t answer all your questions. Here’s what you need to know about whether they’re effective.

  • There are several FDA-approved weight loss drugs, including semaglutide, orlistat, phentermine-topiramate, naltrexone-bupropion and liraglutide. Metformin is another common medication used off-label for weight management.

  • These drugs all work slightly differently, but many decrease your appetite and help you stick to a lower-calorie diet. Healthcare providers often recommend they be used alongside regular exercise and healthy habits to maximize sustained weight loss.

  • However, there are side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation and, for the injectibals, injection-side irritation, injury or discomfort. Often, these are mild and serious side effects rarely happen.

  • Cost is also worth considering. Injectibals like Ozempic and Wegovy can generally cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000 per prescription, where a generic like metformin can be had for a fraction of that — usually for under $100 a month.

There’s no one “best weight loss medication” — there’s only what’s best for your particular needs. If you’re curious about medication for weight loss, you can talk to your healthcare provider for medical advice and to explore your options. And if you’re interested in other weight loss treatments online, we can help. 

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