In the past, I had bad reactions to Sudafed. I've been able to take Benedryl and Coricidin. I avoid most cold medicines because I also have glaucoma (inner pressure of the eyes can get too high and I can't feel it. Only my eye dr knows how to measure that pressure.).I can take them. Benedryl is ok. From a Dr.s point of view. My son can take it. And he has had lung problems.He is on meds for that to.
So, I usually opt for a hot cup of tea, steamy shower or as a last resort, some cold medicine.