This Equate brand cough suppressant and expectorant provides a pretty good value for the money. It is effective at reducing cough and congestion, and it is cheaper than most alternatives. Congestion Relief Although it does not immediately reduce the symptoms of a cold (as most medications don't), over a little bit of time this medicine is effective at reducing congestion and providing relief from these symptoms. Chest Congestion Relief Personally, I don't usually suffer from chest congestion very often. But if a cold begins to settle into my chest, this medicine does seem to help it clear up pretty quickly. Relief of Aches & Pains This medicine does seem to help relieve mild aches and pains that can be associated with a cold. Cough Suppression This medication does provide temporary relief from a cough, particularly while congestion is running, although regular cough drops can be more effective for this particular aspect of a cold.