Some people get head colds, others have sinus problems. When I catch a cold I suffer from the worst chest congestion you can imagine… day after day of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. That’s all history since I discovered Mucinex, the first cough medicine that truly lives up to the promises on its package. Not sure what’s in there that Robitussin and the like don’t have, but if you can get past its somehow discomforting name you’ll find honest 12 hour relief in each tablet, even at night when things tend to be at their worst. Within minutes of swallowing the large pill it feels like there’s a little guy chiseling away at the tightness in your lungs, breaking up blockages and opening up the airway (I’m trying hard to avoid using the word m_cus here, which has always grossed me out for no rational reason.) There’s also a children’s version – in cool little packets of flavored powder that melts on kids’ tongues – which safely allows everyone in the family to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t know how I survived eleven Chicago Winters without it (or how I survived 11 years in Chicago period, but that’s for another post.) About $12 for a pack of 14, which will last you a week.