: Case Study, Chapter 10, Antiviral Agents A patient is being treated with combination antiviral drugs for HIV and locally active antiviral drugs that include zidovudine and acyclovir. The student is preparing minute presentation on antiviral agents for clinical preconference. The student has to prepare medication information about the antiviral medications that are being administered to the client. 2. What are the key characteristics of common viral infections? b. What are the common adverse effects of zidovudine? c. What key nursing considerations should the nurse focus on for the patient receiving a locally active antiviral agent?