Hi there. I have been taking Amlodipine 5mg tablets along with Lisinopril 20mg tablets, one daily for several years and if anything can always tell when my blood pressure is up although it is manageable. That said i did read some time ago that both these tablets had been voted by American users that these were the worst ever tablets for blood pressure. I mentioned this to my current Doctor and he said rubbish and that were were excellent. This Doctor is not my usual one as i had to change when i moved address as i was out of the catchment area, even though i was not bothered about that and neither was my Doctor. My blood pressure problems started when i was 35 and having fuzzy although not painful sensations in my head and i said to him we are talking about the control tower here, to which he laughed and wrote that down. I said no using that line in you're seminars or i shall do you for plagiarism haha. my Doctor said to me young men of 35 do not die of heart attacks. I said say that to Richard Beckinsale. He said who, so i explained. He was a much loved British actor and died at 35 of a massive heart attack. He took my blood pressure, then he took it again and when he did it a third time i thought he is getting the message at last. I started off with a very good American brand tabled called Tenormin which for me was excellent. That said our bodies and needs alter over time, plus research constantly is improving medications, but i am still thinking i could be having a better medication. I would constantly be barracking my Doctor to get the right solution if i were you. Best of luck. P.S. Richard Beckinsale's Daughter is probably better known to you in the States. She being Kate Beckinsale. He also Has Samantha Beckinsale :-)
I do not think Amlodipine would cause loss of hair but high BP can but most of all stress causes loss of hair and indeed high BP
Familial hypertension is real. I found out that I'm prone to it during my first pregnancy when I had pregnancy hypertension. Normally though, they track BP over a period of time. They tell you to get a reliable blood pressure cuff (I got one on Amazon) and you take your BP two to three times a day at different times and record it. Three months is a good period of time to collect this data for the doctor to them see what is going on. At THAT point is when medication comes into play usually if it it looks like the readings remain consistently high. I also think that diet, losing weight if needed and exercise are essential at controlling hypertension regardless of the age of someone.
I'm concerned that a young guy would be put on a drug because of one test. Often people have high blood pressure when they go to the doc. It's a weird anxiety reaction people have, so a lot of people get this. That's why it's useful to get more than one test of BP rather than prescribe meds that can have serious side effects in an otherwise very healthy person, at least as you describe him. I'd want to see him get tested over a period of time. It's even possible these days to get tested at home with your phone, I believe, and while it's not as accurate, if it repeatedly shows he's perfectly normal then it would give reason to suspect that one test. You also said he was tested for F4, do you mean T4? If he was, he had a pretty thorough thyroid test, especially since he has no symptoms of thyroid problems other than this one test. I get that he is having flushing, and I do agree with you that a specialist is probably a good idea, as general docs are, you know, general. But again, if it were me, I'd ask for a few more tests to see if this was a thing. If it were a thing, than you'd be on good ground to try to find out why before just being put on medication unless your doc thinks he's about to have a major event. Which is possible, I wasn't there, but if he does think that, he should have referred your son to a specialist. I agree about calling the doc about the side effects in the meantime. To me, you've got good reason to have concerns, but I don't think a doc has nailed the reason for it yet. Peace.
If the medication you mentioned is Amlodopine, can cause flushing. Possible side effects named are swelling, excess fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), headache, fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, nausea and flushing.
Some possible causes of high blood pressure include kidney disease, hormonal imbalance, and drugs including cocaine or alcohol. Contributors could be sedentary lifestyle or excessive salt intake.
Your son's doctor needs to do some more analysis of his symptoms and come to a clearer conclusion, and At the least, the doc should adjust his medications.