Some of the methods used to relieve the pain of a migraine are to reduce the intensity of light, eliminate as much noise as possible, and rest quietly in a dark, quiet room. Some people need to “sleep off” a migraine. Some people find relief with cold compresses on the head or back of the neck, while others might prefer heat. Many medications can help migraine pain, but pain relief varies with each individual. Try to treat the symptoms of migraine immediately, as this can help make the headache less severe. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated, particularly if a migraine causes vomiting. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin may help when the migraine is starting. Some people find that taking magnesium daily can help avoid a migraine or help with symptoms. Prescription medications are also available specifically for migraines.