Rocklatan (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) is a brand-name drug that’s prescribed in adults to help lower eye pressure. Rocklatan comes as an eye solution that’s typically applied once per day in the evening.
Rocklatan is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat increased eye pressure in:
- open-angle glaucoma, a condition where the pressure inside the eye (also called intraocular pressure or IOP) rises because the correct amount of fluid can’t drain out of the eye
- ocular hypertension, a condition where IOP is high
Rocklatan is a combination of two medications: netarsudil and latanoprost. Netarsudil belongs to a drug class called rho kinase inhibitors. Latanoprost belongs to a drug class called prostaglandin analogs. Rocklatan is not available in a generic version.
Keep reading for specific information about the dosage of Rocklatan, including its strength and how to use the medication. For a comprehensive look at Rocklatan, see this article.
Note: This article describes typical dosages for Rocklatan provided by the drug’s manufacturer. When using Rocklatan, always follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
Read below for the recommended dosage of Rocklatan and other details about the drug.
Rocklatan comes as a solution that’s applied to the affected eye as an eye drop.
Rocklatan comes in one strength of 0.02%/0.005%. This means that each milliliter (mL) of Rocklatan contains 0.2 milligrams (mg) of netarsudil and 0.05 mg of latanoprost.
The following information describes dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended. However, be sure to follow the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Dosage for increased eye pressure in glaucoma or ocular hypertension
If your doctor prescribes Rocklatan for your glaucoma or ocular hypertension, your dose will likely be one drop in the affected eye. Typically, you’ll apply this once per day in the evening.
For more information about your specific dosage, talk with your doctor.
Rocklatan is meant to be a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Rocklatan is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely use it long term.
Before you start using Rocklatan, your doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you.
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about how long you can expect to use Rocklatan.
Rocklatan comes as an eye solution. It’s applied to the affected eye as an eye drop in the evening, following these steps:
- Wash your hands before using Rocklatan.
- To apply, tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper above the eye, and squeeze a drop into this pocket.
- Close the eye and gently press a finger into the corner of the eye next to the nose. Hold for 1-2 minutes so the eye can absorb the drops.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious eye problems.
Wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.
It may be helpful to apply Rocklatan around the same time each day. This helps maintain a steady level of the drug in your eye so Rocklatan can work effectively.
Do not use Rocklatan while wearing soft contact lenses. This medication could permanently stain the lenses. Use it at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
If you have questions about how to use Rocklatan, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
ACCESSIBLE DRUG LABELS AND CONTAINERS
Some pharmacies offer labels with large print, braille, or a code you scan with a smartphone to convert text to speech. If your local pharmacy doesn’t have these options, your doctor or pharmacist might be able to recommend a pharmacy that does.
If you’re having trouble opening medication bottles, ask your pharmacist about putting Rocklatan in an easy-open container. They also may recommend tools that can make it easier to open bottles.
If you miss a dose of Rocklatan, skip the missed dose and apply your next scheduled dose in the evening. Do not apply two doses in one day to make up for the missed one. If you’re not sure what to do, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
To help make sure that you don’t miss a dose, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your bathroom mirror or bedside table. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.
It’s important that you do not use more Rocklatan than your doctor prescribes. For some medications, taking more than the recommended amount may lead to harmful effects or overdose.
If you use more than the recommended amount of Rocklatan
Call your doctor right away if you believe you’ve used too much Rocklatan. Another option is to call America’s Poison Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. If you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Rocklatan.
Is the dosage of Rocklatan similar to the dosage of Rhopressa?
Yes, the forms and how often you apply each drug are similar. Rocklatan and Rhopressa (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) are both eye drops used once per day.
Rocklatan is a combination product, meaning it contains two drugs: netarsudil and latanoprost. Rhopressa only contains one drug: netarsudil. Your doctor will prescribe the drug and the dosage that’s right for you.
To learn more about how these drugs compare, talk with your doctor.
How long does it take for Rocklatan to start working?
Rocklatan starts to work after your first dose. Because of how the drug works, you likely won’t feel the drug working in your eye. But your doctor will monitor you during treatment to check whether the drug is working to treat your condition.
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about what to expect with Rocklatan treatment.
What is the recommended maximum dosage of Rocklatan?
The maximum dosage of Rocklatan that’s recommended is one drop in the affected eye once per day. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. Rocklatan is prescribed in adults to help lower eye pressure.
For details about Rocklatan dosages, see the “Rocklatan dosage” section above.
If you have questions or concerns about your dosage of Rocklatan, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If it seems you need a higher dose, ask your doctor whether a dose increase is right for you. Do not increase your dose unless your doctor recommends doing so.
The dosages in this article are typical dosages provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Rocklatan for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you. Always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes.
As with any drug, never change your dosage of Rocklatan without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about the dosage of Rocklatan that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.
Besides learning about dosage, you may want other information about Rocklatan. These additional articles might be helpful:
- More about Rocklatan:For information about other aspects of Rocklatan, refer to this article.
- Side effects:To learn about side effects of Rocklatan, you can also look at the Rocklatan prescribing information.
- Details about your condition: For details about glaucoma, see our eye health hub.
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