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High BP, on Cardizem and Lisinopril, have excessive hairfall, night sweats, heavy facial hair growth. Is it due to medicines?

I am a 35 yr old female with high blood pressure . I was diagnosed at a very early age -25, I am taking Cardizem LA 240 and have been for years now. About 3 years ago my BP was up again, not under control. My doctor added Lisinopril-HCTZ 20 to my daily medication. In the last two plus years my hair has been thinning tremendously, I experience night sweats and am very warm natured all day everyday, the worst of all of this is the excessive facial hair growth. Is there any chance these are caused by my medications? It is becoming quite depressing.
Asked On : Tue, 21 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear friend, welcome to HCM.

your drugs do not usually cause hirsutism (excessive facil hair growth , in females).

it is usually due to excessive hormones in the body,

there are different causes for the hormonal imbalance.

2 suggestions:

1) if you have any abdominal pain, menstrual problems/ lump in the abdomen, pl. get gynaec check up to look for ovarian problems (a sonography in addition)

2) see an endocrinologist who will evaluate you for any excess hormones and syndromes , if any.

3) rarely, drugs can cause it. your drugs are not the ones usually causing hirsutism.

I hope to have answered you satisfactorily.

i can understand your embarassment and would advise you to get evaluated by specialists.

pl. keep me informed on your progress by follow up visit to the site. you can load any reports/ images here too. pl. rate your experience here before you close.

Good luck!
Answered: Wed, 22 Aug 2012
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