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An immunocompromised patient with herpes zoster is administered a high dose of intravenous acyclovir. Which of the following symptoms indicates that the patient is experiencing an adverse side effect?

Explanation

• High doses of acyclovir can cause hallucinations.

• Common side effects of acyclovir include malaise, rash, nausea, vomiting, headache, and diarrhea.

• Incorrect: Arrhythmias, ototoxicity, and tinnitus are not commonly associated with acyclovir.

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