Having a cough is annoying, not just for you, but everyone in your open-plan office who wishes you would shut up. It's a malady that isn't quite bad enough to justify a visit to the doctor, but is still disruptive to your daily activities.
It should go without saying (but obviously doesn't!) that if you have green mucus coming up, nausea, heartburn, trouble breathing, or pain when swallowing, something more may be going on, and you should probably head to a doctor.
If it's your run-of-the-mill cough with a side of cold, though, the basic mom advice still applies: Stay or go home, get some rest, have soup for lunch, take a hot bath, drink some tea, and don't talk. Seriously. Be quiet. Then try a few of these cures.
First, don't waste a ton of money on cough syrup
Most people don't drink Robitussin for the taste, and, as it turns out, a major review of the effectiveness of over-the-counter cough medicine found that there's no good evidence for or against taking it. We just don't know! That's kind of concerning for medicine that's been sold for decades to clueless consumers who happen to trust the claims made by cough medicine… probably because these meds are supposed to get rid of a cough.