This is definitely one of my favorite cold medications. Whenever I start to feel a cold coming on there are a few different things I do and medications I take to try to ward it off before it gets worse. This is one of my favorites medications for my cold-go-away cocktails. First of all, I love the flavor and actually like taking it compared to normal pills you swallow or strong, gross cold syrups. It doesn't taste like medicine at all. I've also used the Zicam that disintegrates in your mouth. These versions are good because when they are absorbed through your mouth they go straight into your blood stream which makes the effects quicker than a normal pill that you swallow. Congestion Relief When I get colds my congestion is one of the things that bothers me the most so when I'm looking for a medication this needs to be something it can address for me. Zicam helps decongest me quite a bit especially when I take it with a nasal spray. Chest Congestion Relief I don't normally get chest congestion so it is hard to say if it helps or not. Relief of Aches & Pains Another thing I often suffer from that really bothers me with colds is being achy all over and getting sinus headaches, I wouldn't say this works 100% with this medication but it does help some. I usually take Tylenol daily, especially with colds, so in combination with that it does a fantastic job.