Explainer: What you should know about drug that likely killed Mohbad

Nigerian singer, Mohbad, who passed on last year in controversial circumstance, is said to have died from a likely drug reaction, according to an autopsy report.

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) had carried out autopsy on the late singer. The report obtained exclusively by TheCable, shows samples of the gastric content, blood, bone marrow, liver, kidney, and lung extracted from the singer’s corpse.

The anatomical and pathological findings showed the singer suffered an injury on his right forearm. But, the autopsy showed that “no significant gross finding” that can be pinpointed as the cause of his death. Instead, the toxicology “revealed the positive finding of Diphenhydramine, an anti-histamine.” The singer had ingested the drug, but, still, the report says his intake of it “was not in a fatal or lethal range”.

The report concludes that the cause of death was unknown.

“Autopsy revealed moderate to marked decomposition of organs. Apart from the superficial injury on the right forearm, no significant gross finding could be attributed to death

“Against this background, samples were taken for toxicology. This is to determine if there was any anaphylactic reaction, substances of abuse, overdosage or common household poisoning.

“The possibility of a fatal anaphylactic shock (drug reaction) could be considered in view of the absence of any significant post mortem and toxicology findings.”

What you should know aboutDiphenhydramine.

According to, Diphenhydramine is used to relieve red, irritated, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; and runny nose caused by hay fever, allergies, or the common cold. It is also used to relieve cough caused by minor throat or airway irritation.

Precautions you need to take before ingesting Diphenhydramine

  • Firstly, find out whether you are allergic to diphenhydramine, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in diphenhydramine preparations. Ask your doctor or pharmacist or check the package label for a list of the ingredients.
  • If you are prescription and nonprescription medications, such as vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products, inform your doctor or pharmacist about it before taking Diphenhydramine.
  • Before taking the drug, inform your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or other types of lung disease; glaucoma; ulcers; difficulty urinating (due to an enlarged prostate gland); heart disease; high blood pressure; seizures; or an overactive thyroid gland
  • Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, before taking Diphenhydramine.
  • Diphenhydramine should not be used in older adults, except to manage serious allergic reactions, because it is not as safe or effective as other medication(s) to treat your condition. If you are 65 years of age or older, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication.
  • Diphenhydramine makes you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

Possible side effects

  • dry mouth, nose, and throat
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • increased chest congestion
  • headache
  • muscle weakness
  • excitement (especially in children)
  • nervousness


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