Not sure, but I think side effects vary with each person. Which meds have you taken?
I currently take 150mg of Lamictal daily. So far, I have very few side effects: occasional migraines, but they are not debilitating or anything. Sore throats every once in awhile (but could be other things). Lightheadness, especially in the afternoons, long after I've taken my dose in the morning. I know other people have other side effects that I don't have.
I have no drowsiness, weight gain, or facial twitches.
The only other med I was taking was Zoloft (for panic) but I have since stopped taking it b/c it made me more panicky combined with the Lamictal.
I hope you can find a doc in your new area, and that your current doc can help out in some way until you do find one.
Hope this helps.