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I have been taking this medication for many years and happy to say no side effects even the cough which often people get on this drug. In my case I tolerate it much better than other bp tablets. Perhaps he needs to get used to it, if it persists have a word with your doctor.
I was going to add I was also very fit - loads of running etc and it came as a shock being diagnosed with high blood pressure. You’re not actually ill but you have a condition that ultimately could cause serious illness in the future. I think that can play with your mind a bit