Well hopefully you're better by now, but I thought I'd reply anyway. I never used to take anything for a cold, but I recently tried Tylenol Cold, and it cleared up my congestion, at least temporarily. It also has something to make coughs more productive, and that part seemed to work too. I took it at night so I could sleep with my mouth closed and protect my sore throat! I think anything with pseudoephedrine (like Sudafed) will do the trick, though at least in my state you have to ask the pharmacist for it now since people use it to make methamphetamine .