Often, when the doctor orders a medication and requests that the patient receives the initial, or whole dose of the prescribed drug before leaving the office it is the responsibilty of the medical assistant to draw up, or count out the right amount and administer it to the patient, followed by charting the process into the patient's chart. Also, there are patients that come to the medical office for the sole purpose of receiving a dose of a prescribed medication, such as allergy shots, Vitamin B 12 injections, flu shots, without seeing the doctor that day. This will require a standing prescription order in the chart form the doctor, and again, is usually carried out by the medical assistant.
According to , while aspirin should never be given to puppies because their systems can't break it down, you can give your adult dog aspirin to relieve pain and/or inflammation, and you should always give it with food. The recommended dosage is 5 mg to 10 mg of aspirin per pound of a dog's weight, as recommended by your veterinarian, and it can be given once every 12 hours. Let your vet know how many milligrams are in the type of aspirin tablet you intend to use, as found on the container label, and your vet will recommend how to cut the tablet down to reach the proper dosage.
Over 60: Your dosage will probably be quite a bit below the average.
Pregnancy: If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, avoid ibuprofen. There are special risks during the last trimester. It should also be avoided during breast feeding.
Children: (see above).
Other concerns: Because of possible stomach problems, avoid alcohol when taking ibuprofen. You should also avoid it for at least 3 days before surgery, because of the way it effects your blood.
It's a good idea to take ibuprofen with food, or at least milk.
For more on ibuprofen dosage, read the Medline Plus information here .