Have been ill (and busy).
Mucinex is an AMAZING product...
I don't drink and I don't smoke, so this isn't an entirely fair comparison. However, my buddy who does and came down with this crud a day or so before I did...was laid out bed-ridden for three days with this head'n'chest vileness. And he's a gym-bunny.
The difference? I'm not in the least bit shy about modern medicine. I have a REALLY good idea how bad this shit can get. So while I was hit while too busy to think of making the magic Garlic Chicken Soup of Doom...I did manage to grab my now-standard bottle of Mucinex from the cabinet and resume a recent friendship.
Whatever anyone else may say, it is simply dandy stuff for both loosening up crud in your chest...and for keeping your chest from getting stove up once you know you're mid-seige.
Cold still sucks mightily, but at least I'm now semi-coherent.