The Best Cold Medicine

The best cold medicine offers relief for your worst symptom without bogging you down in side-effects. To find out which drugs do this best, we talked to doctors and pharmacists about how colds affect the body and how different drugs help. Their recommendations were unanimous: Go after the symptom that’s ailing you most, rather than seeking relief from an underpowered multi-symptom formula.

  • AdvilBest for Fever, Aches, and Sore Throat
  • TylenolRunner-Up for Fever, Aches, and Sore Throat
  • SudafedBest for Congestion
  • Benadryl Allergy Plus CongestionBest for Runny Noses and Sneezing
  • Mucinex DM

    Best for Cough

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