If you are sick, achy, tired, with a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and congestion-or a combination of any of those, try Theraflu. This stuff is great. They have several formulas designed to alleviate the symptoms that you have without overmedicating yourself for things you don't have. The one I tend to use the most is the Flu and Sore Throat one. If you read the ingredients, it has pretty much everything you need to take care of any kind of flulike symptoms you have. This package says that it will treat sore throat, runny nose, headache, body ache, nasal congestion, and fever, and it really does treat all those things. The best part about Theraflu-in all its different formulations-is that it is a mixture you add to hot water and drink. Flu and Sore Throat is apple cinnamon flavored and is actually pretty good tasting. The other formulations are typically citurus, which can be a little hard to drink, but those aren't all that bad either. The warm fluid warms you up and soothes you, the steam helps to reduce nasal stuffiness. The drugs in the formulation help you sleep, too. This one in particular does make me tired, but there is one that is for daytime and there is another for nighttime, so those would make you less or more sleepy, depending on how much you need.
The active ingredients listed in this one are acetaminophen for fever and pain, pheniramine for an antihistamine, and phenylepherine as a nasal decongestant.
This is the one I use the most often for my cold and flu symptoms and it really does work for me. If you have preexisting conditions or allergies to medications, I would check with your doctor before taking any cold medication at all. Especially peope with high blood pressure-check with your doctor to see what drugs you can take before you take anyting at all!